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Deira & Bur Dubai

8 Stops

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6 Hours

(2 customer reviews)

ABOUT THE TOUR

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Baniyas Square Dubai Photography Tour
Baniyas Square
There is no better way to start your street photography tour of old Dubai than at one of the busiest stations on the Metro's Green Line — Baniyas Square. Additionally, it is located in the most central section of Deira, making it an ultra-accessible stop. Take a seat in the walk-through park and observe as masses of people of differing cultures and nationalities busily get on with their day. This is definitely a great place to catch some portraits. It is the perfect vantage point for capturing the trademark Deira Twin Tower Buildings and other buildings in the direct surroundings known for their unique architecture.
Al Naif Market Photography Tour
Naif Souq & Mosque
Naif Souq—meaning marketplace in the Arab world—is a place with more than 265 stores selling various goods from jewellery to clothing and even local food. Most importantly, if you are looking for souvenirs which you wouldn’t find at the airport, this place offers you a wide variety of items. Al Naif is also the homeland of most popular Mosque in Deira—Naif Mosque—first built in 1948. Not surprisingly, within the immediate vicinity of this Mosque, you can find a variety of shops and restaurants which are seriously worth stepping in to. The foot traffic and the cultural diversity in this area makes it the perfect portrait stop. Helpful hint: if you are interested in taking portraits of people, it is better to approach them and introduce yourself. Based on our experience, they will be more than happy to pose. Avoid sneaking a picture. This applies especially to women, as they often do not like to be photographed by strangers.
Women's Museum Dubai Emirati Women Photography Tour
Women’s Museum
This museum is definitely worth a visit. The UAE is often portrayed as a patriarchal society; however, the Women’s museum is proof that this isn’t the case. This Museum praises the accomplishments of influential women who helped to shape the UAE and the region in every regard, such as in business, art, education, politics, fashion and their role as the backbone of the society itself. This museum is also the only one of its kind in the Middle East.
Gold Souq Dubai
Dubai Gold Souq
Dubai’s advantageous location has facilitated the development of its massive gold industry. With Africa and India within close proximity—the world’s greatest source of and largest market for gold respectively—and its trading relationship with China—the largest source of and second largest market for gold in the world, it’s no surprise that Dubai maintains a competitive edge on this front. Annually, about 40% of the world’s gold passes through Dubai, and much of it lands in Dubai’s Gold Souq, which houses over 370 gold retail stores. The Gold Souq is a top destination for many as Dubai’s gold prices are globally competitive. Moreover, due to regulations imposed by the authorities, consumers can rest assured that the gold they purchase is of the highest quality and purity. You have to witness the phenomenon that is the Gold Souq for yourself. You can find the most exquisite gold jewellery from something simple to something extravagant like beautifully designed gold chains which embellish the entire chest area like a shield. Diamonds, platinum, silver and birthstones can also be found in every corner.
Dubai Municipality Museum Photography Tour
Woman Museum
Opened in 2006, this free of charge museum teaches you about the stages of development of Dubai’s Civic body since the UAE became an independent nation in 1957. You can also learn about the building which houses the museum—significant as this was the Municipality’s main office in the 1950’s. The balcony inside overlooks the Creek and is the perfect spot for an overhead shot of the area. We definitely recommend visiting.
Abra Boat Dubai Photography Tour
Crossing the Creek in Style
The Abra is the oldest form of transportation used in Dubai and at the cost of only 1 AED, it’s still the cheapest. There is no route more fun for crossing from Deira to Bur Dubai, as you get a first-hand view of one of Dubai’s most treasured water routes. Truly an exciting experience
Dubai Hindu Photography Tour
Hindi Lane
This is a fascinating place, with very tight corridors which thousands of people squeeze through daily. Hindi Lane is home to the UAE’s first official Hindu and Sikh temples first built in 1940s. Along this lane, you will find multiple small stores each selling colourful flowers and sweets—used as offerings to the Gods, many ornaments related to Hinduism and cool souvenirs.Once you have purchased your offerings, you are more than welcome to enter the temple, regardless of age, gender or denomination. Just remember to remove your shoes first and place them outside. Once inside, you will be taken on a soothing spiritual journey, with religious music being played, hymns being sung, incense being burnt and people reverently praying. Photography is permitted, but it’s always appreciated to ask permission from one of the caretakers before capturing the shot.
Ustadi kebab Dubai
Al Ustad Restaurant
This is an Iranian restaurant which has been serving the community since 1978. With local and Iranian fusion-style cuisine at an affordable price, it has won the hearts of the local people, making it incredibly popular in the area. Inside, you can find memorabilia of all sorts which were collected throughout the years. These pieces, which beautify the walls, tell you all about the history of the restaurant and the neighbourhood it is in. They also add to its unique vibe. Find pictures of a royal family who visited or the history of the mobile phone. Fun fact: if you need a licence plate, ask the owners! Many locals sell/ buy their exclusive license plates here.

TOUR DETAILS

SUMMARY

The streets of Old Dubai are a visual and emotional playground which is infinitely alluring. We will be exploring the picturesque parts of the older districts from the perspective of street photographer and mastermind behind the “Inside Dubai” series of street photography books—Jalal Abuthina. Jalal will take you on a journey through the original downtown sub-districts of Dubai and show you the ideal moments, people and places to capture, that will enrich both your street photography gallery and your understanding of Dubai.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

This tour is a walking tour through Dubai. Along the way enjoy some refreshments.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 & #StreetLifeAE and share with us your experiences and new discoveries.

PREPARATION BEFORE THE TOUR

Good walking shoes. Camera & Lenses. A few DHS coins to get water & pay Abra crossing.
Jalal Abuthina Inside Dubai UAE
Jala Abuthina

Libyan/Irish Jalal Abuthina is a photographer, artist and authour of the "Inside Dubai" series of street photography books - a captivating and vivid visual tour through the lesser known areas and neighbourhoods of the city. Since 2004, Jalal has been documenting and recording various facets of the city's people and neighbourhoods, with a particular focus on the areas of Deira, Bur Dubai, Karama and Satwa. Jalal currently works between the commercial photography world, private tour guiding and the arts.

EXPERIENCES OF OTHERS

ITINERARY

Baniyas Square Dubai Photography Tour
Stop 1
Baniyas Square
There is no better way to start your street photography tour of old Dubai than at one of the busiest stations on the Metro's Green Line — Baniyas Square. Additionally, it is located in the most central section of Deira, making it an ultra-accessible stop. Take a seat in the walk-through park and observe as masses of people of differing cultures and nationalities busily get on with their day. This is definitely a great place to catch some portraits. It is the perfect vantage point for capturing the trademark Deira Twin Tower Buildings and other buildings in the direct surroundings known for their unique architecture.
Stop 1
Al Naif Market Photography Tour
Stop 2
Naif Souq & Mosque
Naif Souq—meaning marketplace in the Arab world—is a place with more than 265 stores selling various goods from jewellery to clothing and even local food. Most importantly, if you are looking for souvenirs which you wouldn’t find at the airport, this place offers you a wide variety of items. Al Naif is also the homeland of most popular Mosque in Deira—Naif Mosque—first built in 1948. Not surprisingly, within the immediate vicinity of this Mosque, you can find a variety of shops and restaurants which are seriously worth stepping in to. The foot traffic and the cultural diversity in this area makes it the perfect portrait stop. Helpful hint: if you are interested in taking portraits of people, it is better to approach them and introduce yourself. Based on our experience, they will be more than happy to pose. Avoid sneaking a picture. This applies especially to women, as they often do not like to be photographed by strangers.
Stop 2
Women's Museum Dubai Emirati Women Photography Tour
Stop 3
Women’s Museum
This museum is definitely worth a visit. The UAE is often portrayed as a patriarchal society; however, the Women’s museum is proof that this isn’t the case. This Museum praises the accomplishments of influential women who helped to shape the UAE and the region in every regard, such as in business, art, education, politics, fashion and their role as the backbone of the society itself. This museum is also the only one of its kind in the Middle East.
Stop 3
Gold Souq Dubai
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Dubai Gold Souq
Dubai’s advantageous location has facilitated the development of its massive gold industry. With Africa and India within close proximity—the world’s greatest source of and largest market for gold respectively—and its trading relationship with China—the largest source of and second largest market for gold in the world, it’s no surprise that Dubai maintains a competitive edge on this front. Annually, about 40% of the world’s gold passes through Dubai, and much of it lands in Dubai’s Gold Souq, which houses over 370 gold retail stores. The Gold Souq is a top destination for many as Dubai’s gold prices are globally competitive. Moreover, due to regulations imposed by the authorities, consumers can rest assured that the gold they purchase is of the highest quality and purity. You have to witness the phenomenon that is the Gold Souq for yourself. You can find the most exquisite gold jewellery from something simple to something extravagant like beautifully designed gold chains which embellish the entire chest area like a shield. Diamonds, platinum, silver and birthstones can also be found in every corner.
Stop 4
Dubai Municipality Museum Photography Tour
Stop 5
Woman Museum
Opened in 2006, this free of charge museum teaches you about the stages of development of Dubai’s Civic body since the UAE became an independent nation in 1957. You can also learn about the building which houses the museum—significant as this was the Municipality’s main office in the 1950’s. The balcony inside overlooks the Creek and is the perfect spot for an overhead shot of the area. We definitely recommend visiting.
Stop 5
Abra Boat Dubai Photography Tour
Stop 6
Crossing the Creek in Style
The Abra is the oldest form of transportation used in Dubai and at the cost of only 1 AED, it’s still the cheapest. There is no route more fun for crossing from Deira to Bur Dubai, as you get a first-hand view of one of Dubai’s most treasured water routes. Truly an exciting experience
Stop 6
Dubai Hindu Photography Tour
Stop 7
Hindi Lane
This is a fascinating place, with very tight corridors which thousands of people squeeze through daily. Hindi Lane is home to the UAE’s first official Hindu and Sikh temples first built in 1940s. Along this lane, you will find multiple small stores each selling colourful flowers and sweets—used as offerings to the Gods, many ornaments related to Hinduism and cool souvenirs.Once you have purchased your offerings, you are more than welcome to enter the temple, regardless of age, gender or denomination. Just remember to remove your shoes first and place them outside. Once inside, you will be taken on a soothing spiritual journey, with religious music being played, hymns being sung, incense being burnt and people reverently praying. Photography is permitted, but it’s always appreciated to ask permission from one of the caretakers before capturing the shot.
Stop 7
Ustadi kebab Dubai
Stop 8
Al Ustad Restaurant
This is an Iranian restaurant which has been serving the community since 1978. With local and Iranian fusion-style cuisine at an affordable price, it has won the hearts of the local people, making it incredibly popular in the area. Inside, you can find memorabilia of all sorts which were collected throughout the years. These pieces, which beautify the walls, tell you all about the history of the restaurant and the neighbourhood it is in. They also add to its unique vibe. Find pictures of a royal family who visited or the history of the mobile phone. Fun fact: if you need a licence plate, ask the owners! Many locals sell/ buy their exclusive license plates here.
Stop 8

REVIEWS

Description

The streets of Old Dubai are a visual and emotional playground which is infinitely alluring. We will be exploring the picturesque parts of the older districts from the perspective of street photographer and mastermind behind the “Inside Dubai” series of street photography books—Jalal Abuthina. Jalal will take you on a journey through the original downtown sub-districts of Dubai and show you the ideal moments, people and places to capture, that will enrich both your street photography gallery and your understanding of Dubai.

2 reviews for Street Photography Tour

  1. user

    Amazing tour!

  2. Andreea

    Unique perspective of dubai, highlighting gems of culture diversity within local authenticity. Inspiring! A must do!

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