After spending a morning in Al Mamzar Beach last weekend, I decided that it was time to learn the history and culture of the Old Dubai. So I visited the Dubai Creek and Old Souk. I read online that these places will give me more idea what was Dubai before it became a modern city. It was actually correct.
Surprisingly, I got my first lesson right away at the Metro subway station near those places. The station’s design is very Arabic, which is much different to the modern style of the other Metro train stations. Clearly, the government of Dubai wants to immediately orient the tourists on what to expect in visiting the Old Dubai.
But more than the design of the station, what caught my attention were the blueprint portraits displayed on the walls. Its like I walked into another art gallery.
I was particularly interested with the portraits of the old Dubai Creek. Here are just some of them:
Back in the old days of the emirate, the Dubai Creek was the center of trade and commerce. Dhows and ships used this salt water body of water to transport products to and from nearby countries.
Dubai Creek is also rich in marine life. That is why fishing is a major source of income for the emirate back then.
The are also some photos of the pearl industry. Another product of the Dubai Creek.
The Dubai government made a good decision to show these photos of a part of the emirate’s history. It is always very interesting to see how a place started and I was glad that I saw these portraits. I gained more excitement to see the present day Dubai Creek.