DSF 2010 highlights local heritage and culture at Khor Dubai

Published February 3rd, 2010 - 12:20 GMT

As the cultural destination of Dubai this DSF, Khor Dubai, stretching from Shindagah to the Al Seef Street, has been transformed into a venue of festivity also providing visitors an insight into Emarati culture and heritage.

A scenic walk along Khor Dubai should ideally begin with a visit to the Bastakiya area where the narrow alleys, mud buildings, and the characteristic architecture evoke the beauty of old Dubai. The Dubai Museum is an important stop and houses integral artifacts and information that reflect the history of the city and the UAE. Winding down the road is the prominent Souk Al Kabeer which is now known as the textile market. Souk Al Kabeer is a beautiful manifestation of the Arabic architecture and a fondness of shopping in the emirates. DSF 2010 offers a wide range of promotions and discounts to all shoppers in this marketplace. The souk is well-connected to the abras that travel from Bur Dubai to Deira. This is a good opportunity for visitors to explore the creek by riding the abras.

On the other hand, the Al Shindagha Heritage Village, located along the Dubai Creek promenade, is filled with magnificent events that promote the local culture. Exhibits of handicrafts, traditional food, old living quarters, mock wedding ceremony, local women cooking, among the many other activities keep the Heritage Village visitors busy. Rows of stalls also showcase perfect shopping finds for mementos of various traditional products and food. Guests are also treated to musical entertainment the local traditional bands along with competitions and games. There are also camel and horse rides to make their roaming activities along the dramatic sights of Dubai Creek much more memorable.

At the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, traditional bands play folklore music that draw huge crowds. Other exhibitions presenting the local traditions are held at the Al Siraj House where guests walk away taking knowledge and understanding of the religious and traditional rites in the emirates.

The Diving Village lays emphasis on the country's maritime heritage and has exhibits explaining the importance of pearl finding and fishing as the main industries of old Dubai. Fishing nets, antique fishing tools and devices, photographs of local fishermen are displayed. A traditional Emirati souk also offers handmade handicrafts, food, perfumes, clothes and other local products. Mock ceremonies of local weddings are presented to the visitors as well.

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