Best attractions near Dubai International Airport

Posted: 20-Jan-17 09:46

Dubai is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with millions of international travellers drawn to the city for its iconic architecture and world-class shopping. Beyond its internationally-known attractions, there are lesser-known and equally fascinating attractions just a short distance from the city’s airport, including some of the city’s most historic sites.

Best attractions near Dubai International Airport

Dubai is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s most visited cities, and for good reason. It seems that everything is bigger and more innovative in Dubai, from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, to the world’s largest amusement park. But there is more to the city than its larger-than-life architecture. The writers at Stunning Vacation Tips have named some of the city’s best attractions that happen to be near the Dubai International Airport, making a long layover in the city time well-spent.

Bastakiya

Though famed as an ultra-modern city, Dubai is nonetheless home to some colourful traces of the past. Bastakiya is a throwback to late nineteenth century Dubai, when the district was built by wealthy textile and pearl traders from Iran. The district has been modernized to a degree, but still retains its old-fashioned charm.

Grand Mosque

A short distance from the airport is the city’s largest mosque, the Grand Mosque. Originally built in 1900, the mosque was demolished and rebuilt in 1960 and is now one of the most remarkable structures in the city.

Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum provides visitors to Dubai with a wonderful introduction to the city’s history. Located in the Al Fahidi fort, the oldest building in the city, the museum was opened in 1970. In the museum’s galleries, visitors can view ancient weaponry, pearl-diving outfits, and military artifacts.

Heritage Village

Dubai’s Heritage Village offers another glimpse into the city’s past. It was built in 1997 in the historic Al Shindagha district. The idea behind the village’s creation was to give visitors the chance to explore the city’s traditional customs and livelihoods.

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum’s House

The Al-Maktoum house is not only one of the oldest in Dubai, it is also one of the city’s best examples of traditional Arabic design. In addition to outstanding architecture, the museum boasts a rich collection of stamps, documents, and coins.

Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al-Sheef

Though the building only dates to 1955, it is nonetheless considered one of the city’s most important historic structures. Built of gypsum and coral, the structure was built to take advantage of the area’s cooling sea breezes.

More than simply a modern metropolis, Dubai is also home to a rich history and culture. Much of it, fortunately for tourists, is within easy distance of the airport.

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