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7 Things to Do in Deira, Dubai - Seven Activities to Enjoy in Deira, Dubai

As one of Dubai's emerging holiday hotspots, the historic city of Deira is home to activity hubs for visitors of all ages. Here are some of the best things to do when holidaying in the area.


Tour the Heritage House

As a historic monument in its own right, the Heritage House is no ordinary cultural landmark in Deira. Built in 1890, the former residence of a pearl merchant serves as one of the finest examples of Arab opulence in centuries past. The stunning verandas and the interactive audio visual exhibits inside the venue make it a must-visit highlight for all first time visitors to Dubai while a peek at the kitchen and the meeting room in the household offers a glimpse of what life must have resembled in those bygone days.


Enjoy a Shopping Spree

Tipped to be one of the best retail hotspots in the city, a shopping experience in the Deira City Center Shopping Mall is not only a great opportunity to stock up on designer brands but also souvenirs as well. Combining the luxury products and label available in some of the city's most exclusive malls with more affordable items and braches of quality garment and lifestyle product manufacturers, this iconic mall with a movie theatre is the best place to spend a day when in Deira.


Visit the Dolphinarium

Open to visitors from 9 am to 6.30 pm from Monday to Saturday the Dubai Dolphinarium is not only accessible to those based in city hotels the likes of AVANI Deira Dubai Hotel among countless others. As one of the best things to do in Deira Dubai, spending an hour or two in this sprawling enclave devoted to the friendliest marine creatures on the planet is a treat for the senses. Catch the lineup of shows including seals and performing dolphins or opt for a one on one interaction with a dolphin.


Visit the Women's Museum Bait al Banat

Regarded as one of the most unique attractions and tour options available to Dubai visitors, the Women's Museum Bait al Banat is truly a one of a kind space in the Arab world. Celebrating the achievements of many iconic women of the country the museum hopes to inspire future generations of women living in the Gulf Region to aspire to similar heights.


Window Shop at the Gold Souq

Those who are in the mood for an authentically Dubai shopping encounter, on the other hand, should spend a morning perusing through all that glitters in the Gold Souq. Attracting hoards of visitors each year, the Gold Souq is a veritable institution in the country. Purchase everything from delicate accessories to bridal jewellery and even body armour made from the precious metal at this famous local retail hub.


Race at Xxtreme Simulation

Racing fanatics and adrenalin junkies alike should not miss the chance to visit the region's 'Most Advanced Racing Simulation Center'. Named Xxtreme Simulation this activity base not only allows aspiring and amateur racers the chance to enjoy the thrills and spills of a race track and racing with teams but also offers group travellers a chance to experience the activity together as the venue boasts not one but eight car stimulators with their own pit stop joints.


Explore the Al Ahmadiya School

Having the distinct honour of being Dubai's first public school for primary students, the Al Ahmadiya School is no ordinary educational institution in the city. The brainchild of Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk the boys school has produced some of the Arab world's finest thought leaders and success stories. Featuring engravings and entrances adorned with jewels, the venue remains a culturally significant highlight in Dubai's tourist landscape.