Geneva-based, Iranian-Egyptian style influencer Soraya Bakhtiar ventured to the oft-forgotten side of town during her last visit, exploring the many hidden gems of Old Dubai. Dressed in Chloé’s Spring 2017 collection, Bakhtiar visited every must-see spot tucked away in its narrow alleys, from interesting cafés to airy art galleries and quaint souks selling spices and textiles. Below are her favorite spots for you to explore during the long weekend in December:
Get your morning caffeine fix al fresco at this contemporary café, where you’ll be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Old Dubai, including seeing locals and residents alike journey to the other side of the creek in a form of public transportation that you don’t see every day – a traditional abra.
Plot 7, Al Suq Al Kabeer, Meena Bazaar
(+971) 4 359 9220
What lies inside this unassuming structure situated in the Al Fahidi district is a charming haven where creative people – everyone from art aficionados to artists and more – gather to discover and showcase their works.
Al Musalla Roundabout, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
(+971) 4 353 6233
Orient Guest House
Located in bustling Bur Dubai, Orient Guest House offers a truly authentic way to experience yesteryear’s traditional way of life. Although the hotel is equipped with modern facilities, such as air-conditioned rooms and Wi-Fi, time slows down during an overnight stay here thanks to its tranquil courtyard setting.
Historic Bastakiya Area, Al Fahidi Street
(+971) 4 351 9111
XVA Art Hotel
XVA Art Hotel is the ultimate destination of design lovers as it not only boasts a showcase of the region’s architectural heritage, but also an inviting rooftop terrace, a tree-shaded courtyard café serving authentic Arabic cuisine, and an in-house art gallery.
Al Fahidi Street, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
(+971) 4 353 5383
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