According to the United Arab Emirates' newspaper, The National, more and more tourists are travelling to Dubai to experience its history and heritage. It seems people that usually travel to Dubai for its sun, luxury hotels and beaches are now seeking a little bit more.
Over the last decade Dubai has emerged as one of the world’s top travel destinations, with people flocking to the city-state for its sandy beaches, world class hospitality and extravagant shopping malls, but not much is mentioned of the rich heritage Dubai has on offer. Travellers are becoming increasingly keen on experiencing the Middle Eastern history and heritage of Dubai.
Beyond the beaches and hotels, Dubai is packed full of old markets that offers tourists a chance to purchase local hand crafted goods and try their hand in haggling down the prices. The Heritage and Diving village is home to some fantastic traditional Arabic restaurants and food stalls that offer quite a different taste than the hotel restaurants and shopping malls.
The architecture in Dubai is also not just skyscrapers and impressive modern buildings - the city is full of traditional Arabic buildings and mosques waiting to be discovered. It has also been reported than more travellers are taking an interest in the tradition folk festivals of Dubai, where locals perform traditional songs and dance while men re-enact famous battles to a strong drum beat .
Although tourists are taking more of an interest in the cultural aspects of Dubai, one of its main attractions is still shopping. The city has recently announced plans to build a huge tourism and retail complex called the ‘Mall of the World’ which will be able to hold 80 million visitors a year and will include over 100 hotel facilities.