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Although Deira Dubai is not as well known as its neighbor Bur Dubai, it holds wonders that are unmatched. 

This isle is a gem with lots of entertainment and activities for everyone.

Deira Dubai, often considered to be somewhat less developed than its commercialized neighbor Bur Dubai, is located east of the Dubai Creek.

Access to Deira is only possible via the Creek and visitors often use water taxis to cross over into Deira. 

Unlike it’s commercialized sister, Deira is home to some of the oldest trading posts in Dubai.  One such post is called the Gold Souk. 

The Gold Souk is a marketplace of gold trading, wealth and prosperity. Shoppers walk the streets in awe as they gaze upon the thousands of beautifully designed 22 to 24 carat gold pieces. 

The Gold Souk is famed for its quality custom made jewelry pieces.  You can have any special wish custom designed for you and the vendors offer fast and high quality work.  Gold shopping in Deira is worthwhile not only because of the custom work that is performed but because the prices are the lowest in the world. 

Low gold prices and no sales tax equals great incentives for jewelry lovers.  Unlike traditional jewelry emporiums where the price of each piece is determined not only by the price of gold but by the famous designer’s name stamped on it.  At Gold Souk the final price is only determined by your negotiation skills.

Gold is not the only treasure found in Deira.  If you are like me, a cooking connoisseur, you will certainly appreciate the Deira Spice Souk.  The heavenly and delightfully pungent fragrances of yellow saffron, cinnamon and aniseed entice the visitors as they enter the souk. 

Your senses will be delighted by the smells of herbs and specially blended perfumed oils mixed by the local healers and pharmacists.  For centuries these local healers have been using the powers of nature to make their own special traditional medicines.  Visitors have the unique opportunity of sampling these curative oils.

If you’re not an avid shopper then perhaps the rich history will enthrall you.  Exploring the architecture of Deira will prove to be a treat for the entire family.  Many visitors are impressed by the towering buildings with their modern architecture and embellishments. 

Buildings such as the Etisalat Telecommunications building inspire awe with its unique design and style.  The large golf ball carefully positioned atop speaks to a unique imagination. 

The clandestine glass building housing the Bank of Dubai, affectionately known as “the pregnant lady” is a sculptural masterpiece that attributes real vision and magnificence to its builders.  Take a stroll down memory lane through the Dubai Municipality for a tour of the earliest school in the city’s history, Al Ahmadiya School, now the Museum of Education. 

Or perhaps you would muse at the opportunity to look in on the life of a founding family, The Emirati family home in the Heritage House next door.  There is also an old-style mosque. 

As you can see Deira Dubai holds many wonders and adventures for business and casual visitors alike.  Whether you’re looking for the deal of a lifetime or a little exploratory adventure Deira is a true treasure.


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