The mere thought of Dubai immediately brings an image of its skyscrapers, massive shopping malls, and stunning high-end resorts. Dubai is about all that extravagance and luxury, but it also has an offbeat side that is less explored. There are several beautiful places in Dubai that are less crowded and unexplored. If you want to explore the city apart from the usual touristy things, check out our list of the Off-beaten paths in Dubai:
Meydan is Dubai’s horse-racing club that organizes regular racing events every year. It is a worth experience. The horse-racing season includes several racing events. Each race meeting includes amazing entertainment and dining and packages. You can take a fantastic stable tour where you can watch the horses being trained on the track after breakfast and then head to the stables to watch them take a dip in the dedicated horse pool. Here you can get some great views of the Dubai skyline as well.
Bur Dubai is a historical center that is one of the oldest places to visit in Dubai. It is not as sophisticated as the new city but gives you a sneak peek into the past. It is the best place to have look at the traditional, old houses that were constructed at least a century ago. It also houses the Dubai Museum that is located in the old Al Fahidi Fort. It is a must-visit if you are a history buff and want to understand the history of UAE better.
Al Bastakiya Quarters
The Al Bastakiya Quarters includes culturally significant sights. It is made of the narrow-cobbled lanes and you can take a stroll around admiring the old houses that used to be made out of black coral that reflect the artistic side of Al Bastakiya. Al Bastakiya has many stores selling souvenirs. This place holds the memories of the bygone era that pre-dates the federation of the Emirates. Walking through the streets with the unkempt roads and the rugged walls will take you back in time with a display of many different cultures that had an impact in the region.
Away from the busy shopping malls and skyscrapers, you can spend some leisure time with the drifting smells of aromatic spices at Dubai Spice Souk. Here you can find every kind of exotic spices, ranging from turmeric and chili to saffron. Make sure that you do not forget to pick up a box or two of the famous local dates. While exploring the Dubai Spice Souk you will discover a range of spices, herbs, incense and traditional medicines that will surprise you with variety and choices.
Have you ever wondered what a camel milk chocolate will taste like? Head to Al Nassma for these exquisite chocolates. While in Dubai, you might have come across various products out of camel milk, such as cheese, butter, chocolates, cakes and so on. But not many travelers are aware of the chocolates. They are more of a gourmet offering and are available only at selected places. Make sure to up some chocolates for your friends and family back home from Al Nassma.
Dig Daga Farms
The Dig Daga Farms is located in Ras al Khaimah Emirate which is about 114 kilometers from Dubai. You will spot greenery, rolling hills and cultivated land here instead of the sand dunes. Dig Daga is a picnic area that attracts many local Emiratis, so it is the best opportunity to interact with them. Some of the farms let you buy fresh dairy products, like milk. They provide the finest microgreens and herbs to the top restaurants in Dubai.
Dubai Coffee Museum
While you are in Dubai, make sure to visit the Dubai Coffee Museum in Al Fahidi. It is a heaven for a coffee lover that brings cultures together over a cup of caffeine. The coffee museum offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your coffee. You can also make use of this opportunity to watch films on coffee and also interact with coffee experts at the museum who will be happy to explain the methods they use to make the coffee. Do not forget to pick up some exotic coffee for your family and friends.
Art Bus Tour
If you are an art lover and would love to visit Dubai’s offbeat art galleries, art centers, and art studios, just climb on the ArtBus which is Dubai’s shuttle bus that takes tourists on a tour of Dubai’s art centers. It’s a heaven of sorts for all for art enthusiasts who want to explore Dubai’s art scene. Enjoy visiting art centers, alternative art spaces, art fairs, and art museums. Various artists take up commissions to showcase their talent on the Dubai Art Bus itself.
As you can see, there are a lot of off-beat paths to visit in Dubai other than the usual glamorous architecture of the city. Dubai has many undiscovered offbeat areas for travelers who want to get away from the crowd and explore unusual places.