Experience the cultural side of Dubai in 24 hours
Al Fahidi Historical District
The shops are buzzing bright and early at Al Fahidi Historical District, and we say it’s the best time of day to stretch your legs and get your cultural fix. Check out the art cafés filled with quirky paintings and Emirati inspired designs, just try not to get lost in its labyrinth before getting some breakfast.
Where: Bur Dubai
Contact: +971 600 560000
Paos and wows
Take this as more of a brunch (not in the Dubai sense of the word) once you’re done exploring the markets. After all that walking, you’ll be begging to take on all O’Pao’s meaty and oh-so-glorious butter chicken baps. Order some masala fries along with it, too. You can thank us later.
Where: Abdul Salaam Building, near BurJuman, Bur Dubai
Contact: +971 4 349 6726
Tabari Art Space
There’s nothing like some midday arty browsing to open your mind to all things creative, especially when there are rooms filled with modern and contemporary paintings that focus on the Middle East. Tabari Art Space is the perfect pit-stop in DIFC for guests to easily spend their afternoon roaming around thanks to the works from the talented Middle Eastern artists. If you’re lucky enough, you could catch a special art fair while you’re there.
Where: Building 3, Gate Village, DIFC
Contact: +971 4 323 0820
Flicks and chai
Project Chaiwala, Cinema Akil
It’s tea time! Fancy some grub and a movie? Head here for chai (of course) and a small menu of bites including vada pav, chilli cheese toast and ‘smashmosas’ – they’re as delicious as they sound. Once you’re filled, check out one of Cinema Akil’s selection of indie movies. Still art and an intriguing motion picture all in one day? You’re winning culturist.
Where: Cinema Akil, Alserkal Avenue
Contact: +971 4 223 1139
Q’s Bar & Lounge
It’s a bit of a distance, but finishing up your day of culture with smooth, jazzy tunes and vibes is perfect. Every three months there is a new talented act singing classy tunes. With its low ceilings, cosy seating and (warning) audience participation, this place is the real deal
for fans of jazz and soul.
Where: Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf
Contact: +971 4 556 8865