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A city of superlatives and contradiction where you experience a heady mix of modern and traditional in one stunning package.

Best known for its skyscrapers, fast-paced life style and superb shopping, Dubai is a truly multi-cultural city with some 200 different nationalities living and working peacefully together in the city. The close proximity of traditional Arab culture and glittering progress make for an astounding experience, where you can shop in a traditional souk and ride a camel through the desert in the morning, and climb the tallest building in the world and go skiing indoors in the afternoon.

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A Cultural Tour Of Dubai

One of the top things to do in Dubai is simply taking a peek into its past. Wander the narrow alleys of historical Al Bastakiya in the oldest part of the city, where restored old wind tower houses (built for natural ventilation) are now home to museums, galleries, cafés and teahouses. At the Dubai Museum, visitors can tour a traditional home, market, school, date farm and mosque to see Dubai as it once was – a pearl diving and fishing village.

Get a taste of Emirati heritage with a traditional meal at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. In this wind tower house, you can talk with a local host about Emirati life, traditional dress, religion, customs, and cultural etiquette. Take your cultural journey a step further with a guided tour of the Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque and Center or the Grand Jumeirah Mosque.

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