Open Air Museum Tour

History, Culture, Street Art, Food

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Satwa

8 Stops

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3 hours

(2 customer reviews)

ABOUT THE TOUR

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Iconic Basketball Court
First off, welcome to Al Diyafa Park – probably Dubai’s most active basketball court. It has become such a melting pot for the basketball community. Every day, even throughout the summer heat and the winter, dozen of basketball teams compete. Even legendary NBA player Scottie Pippen played here. Bring your sneakers along and join in! Onto our next stop, check out the street art on the right side of the Chelsea Plaza Hotel.
Chelsea Plaza Hotel
Chelsea Plaza Hotel was one of the first hotels in Dubai! Been around since 2nd December Street originated. In the early days, my parents and myself used to come here quite often. For its restaurants and bars. The hotel has grown old; however, it still has great recreational offers. We suggest checking this place out. However, for the sake of this tour, we suggest returning to the Chelsea plaza hotel once we discovered the entire 2nd December Street.
Sweet Arts Restaurant
Real street food can be found in this lovely budget Chinese fusion restaurant called Sweet Art Restaurant. Probably, one of the cheapest meals you will get in Dubai. They have interesting soups, recommendable Dim Sum and delicious Tokayaki (Japanese Street Food) if you like that taste. Have a nibble however not too much. We have Arabic food and incredible Pakistani dishes further down the road.
Historic Roundabout
Lets go back to 2nd December Street where we came. In earlier years, cars used to drive around this roundabout. If a window was open, you could expect a piece of paper thrown into the car including the telephone number of the lovely chap driving around the round about. Nowadays, it represents Dubai’s centre. In the direction of Abu Dhabi, it takes you to the shopping and repair district Satwa, in reverse it leads you to Bur Dubai and Deira. TIP - identify 3 graffiti Murals along the way to our next stop and use #streetlifeae to share your findings!
Street Art: Emirati Boys
While heading down the 2nd December Street in the direction of Etihad Museum, we take the first road crossing to get to our favourite Street Art mural. Beautiful art, right? Emirati boys playing with one another in their pearl white Kondoras. This painting was created by Ernest Zacharevic. You will notice many more highly professional pieces as mega international Street Artists were commissioned to convert this street into a Street Art Open Museum for the UAE’s 45th National Day in 2016. Take a picture on Instagram and hashtag #realdubai & #streetlifedxb.
Al Mallah Dubai Arabic Restaurant
Al Mallah
One of Dubai’s heritage & famous Arabic Restaurants - Al Mallah. Since 40 years, Al Mallah restaurant serves thousands of Shawarmas, Manakeesh (imagine an Arabic pizza), fresh juices and other Arabic dishes on a daily basis. Grab a small bite here, as we have more food further down the road. If you are interested to know more about the restaurant, ask some of the waiters or Mr. Mallah himself who are always eager to spread their story, the importance of this street and show off the latest shawarma cutting gadgets.
Street Art
Across Al Mallah is another lovely street art mural, the UAE’s national animal, the Falcon. As we further explore the street, keep your eyes wondering from left to right of the road, and you will identify incredible artworks of every size and dimensions. Such as a portrayed of UAE’s Founder - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with then-Dubai ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum by Emirati Ashwaq Abdulla (https://www.instagram.com/ashwaq.abdulla/) , Arabic calligraphy by Dubai based El Seed (https://www.instagram.com/elseed/) , and other local artist such as Maisoon Alsaleh (https://www.instagram.com/maisoonalsaleh/). Keep walking down, past the exhibited Dhows (boats) to the colourful Truck Abba.
Truck Adda
Delicious. Economical. Our top restaurant for an oriental Pakistani/Indian dish in entire Dubai. Although we have eaten several times, tried the entire menu, we cannot decide what to recommend – every dish is delicious. The food is half the experience. The indie-like set-up and homey vibe representing the colorful vibrant city life of Pakistan tops off the entire experience.

TOUR DETAILS

SUMMARY

Probably, the most important district in Dubai. Explore the border between new and old Dubai, where UAE has been established, and, now, has evolved into a street art gallery.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

This tour is a walking through the roots of Dubai. All our tours are for free! Self-explore the city like a local using our stop-by-stop navigation, video guidance and enjoy discounts along the way. Don’t forget to hashtag #RealDubai and #StreetLifeAE and share with us your experiences and new discoveries.

PREPARATION BEFORE THE TOUR

Cash & Coins. It’s outdoor, use sunscreen.
Fabian Dagostin CEO Street Life
Fabian Dagostin

I’m Fabi. Founder of Street Life. I was born and raised in Dubai and have made it my mission to show a different side of this city. The real side. Not everything here is glits and glamourous. It’s the opposite. With me, I show you the #realdubai. Authentic local experiences that I have experiences with my family as a kid, to new places discovered over time.

EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS

ITINERARY

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Stop 1
Iconic Basketball Court
First off, welcome to Al Diyafa Park – probably Dubai’s most active basketball court. It has become such a melting pot for the basketball community. Every day, even throughout the summer heat and the winter, dozen of basketball teams compete. Even legendary NBA player Scottie Pippen played here. Bring your sneakers along and join in! Onto our next stop, check out the street art on the right side of the Chelsea Plaza Hotel.
Stop 1
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Stop 2
Chelsea Plaza Hotel
Chelsea Plaza Hotel was one of the first hotels in Dubai! Been around since 2nd December Street originated. In the early days, my parents and myself used to come here quite often. For its restaurants and bars. The hotel has grown old; however, it still has great recreational offers. We suggest checking this place out. However, for the sake of this tour, we suggest returning to the Chelsea plaza hotel once we discovered the entire 2nd December Street.
Stop 2
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Stop 3
Sweet Arts Restaurant
Real street food can be found in this lovely budget Chinese fusion restaurant called Sweet Art Restaurant. Probably, one of the cheapest meals you will get in Dubai. They have interesting soups, recommendable Dim Sum and delicious Tokayaki (Japanese Street Food) if you like that taste. Have a nibble however not too much. We have Arabic food and incredible Pakistani dishes further down the road.
Stop 3
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Historic Roundabout
Lets go back to 2nd December Street where we came. In earlier years, cars used to drive around this roundabout. If a window was open, you could expect a piece of paper thrown into the car including the telephone number of the lovely chap driving around the round about. Nowadays, it represents Dubai’s centre. In the direction of Abu Dhabi, it takes you to the shopping and repair district Satwa, in reverse it leads you to Bur Dubai and Deira. TIP - identify 3 graffiti Murals along the way to our next stop and use #streetlifeae to share your findings!
Stop 4
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Stop 5
Street Art: Emirati Boys
While heading down the 2nd December Street in the direction of Etihad Museum, we take the first road crossing to get to our favourite Street Art mural. Beautiful art, right? Emirati boys playing with one another in their pearl white Kondoras. This painting was created by Ernest Zacharevic. You will notice many more highly professional pieces as mega international Street Artists were commissioned to convert this street into a Street Art Open Museum for the UAE’s 45th National Day in 2016. Take a picture on Instagram and hashtag #realdubai & #streetlifedxb.
Stop 5
Al Mallah Dubai Arabic Restaurant
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Al Mallah
One of Dubai’s heritage & famous Arabic Restaurants - Al Mallah. Since 40 years, Al Mallah restaurant serves thousands of Shawarmas, Manakeesh (imagine an Arabic pizza), fresh juices and other Arabic dishes on a daily basis. Grab a small bite here, as we have more food further down the road. If you are interested to know more about the restaurant, ask some of the waiters or Mr. Mallah himself who are always eager to spread their story, the importance of this street and show off the latest shawarma cutting gadgets.
Stop 6
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Stop 7
Street Art
Across Al Mallah is another lovely street art mural, the UAE’s national animal, the Falcon. As we further explore the street, keep your eyes wondering from left to right of the road, and you will identify incredible artworks of every size and dimensions. Such as a portrayed of UAE’s Founder - Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with then-Dubai ruler Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum by Emirati Ashwaq Abdulla (https://www.instagram.com/ashwaq.abdulla/) , Arabic calligraphy by Dubai based El Seed (https://www.instagram.com/elseed/) , and other local artist such as Maisoon Alsaleh (https://www.instagram.com/maisoonalsaleh/). Keep walking down, past the exhibited Dhows (boats) to the colourful Truck Abba.
Stop 7
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Stop 8
Truck Adda
Delicious. Economical. Our top restaurant for an oriental Pakistani/Indian dish in entire Dubai. Although we have eaten several times, tried the entire menu, we cannot decide what to recommend – every dish is delicious. The food is half the experience. The indie-like set-up and homey vibe representing the colorful vibrant city life of Pakistan tops off the entire experience.
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REVIEWS

Description

2nd December Street, previously known as Al Diyafa, is a cultural melting pot. It is the border between old and new Dubai, hosts some of Dubai’s heritage restaurants and recently became a Street Art Metropolis. Packed with life, art, sports, and food, this tour will entertain and educate.

We will start at the Diyafa Park and walk towards the Etihad Museum at the base of the street. In its premises lays Union House where the federation documents of the Emirates were signed in 1971. In 2016, to celebrate the 45th birthday of the UAE, the government adopted the streets name from Diyafa to 2nd December Street and along its building walls commissioned both international and local Street Artists to paint huge murals depicting Emirati heritage and identity. Let’s explore.

Little Game: identify 16 Street Art Murals along the way. Tip, look on both sides of the road

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