happenings this month Around Deira
Around Deira
Updated on 04 September 2018

The latest restaurant and bar offers, club nights, events and activities this month

What to do

Deira Clock tower
Al Maktoum Road

Deira Clocktower is a prominent monument in Deira. Built in 1965 by a famous Architect Ziki Homsi, the Clock tower was built as a symbol of Dubai. It was erected in Deira as in those days all major routes into Dubai converged here. 

Where to shop

Dubai Spice Souq

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. It is believed that Dubai’s Spice Souk is one of the best places to buy it. 100 gms may cost you for more than Dhs 60 as it is extracted from a flower which blooms just once a year.

Where to eat

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel

Book your table to experience a fantastic brunch here. Popular for its brunches, Yalumba is known for modern eclectic cuisine with a unique blend of flavours from the East to West. Call 04-5269084

Where to party

Belgian Cafe
Dubai Festival City

This funky bar exactly looks like an authentic old bistro featuring old fashioned taps and antique floor tiles. Embrace the warm feel of this place, order your Belgian hops with dynamite fries on the side. Call 04-7011127.

What to see

Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili
Dubai Creek

Located in the historical district of Al Ras on the banks of Dubai Creek and next to the Spice Souq, the museum spread across two floors is a great example of traditional architecture in modern Dubai. The house was constructed in 1923 and the poet Mubarak bin Hamad bin Mubarak Al Manea Al Oqaili lived in the house after he had relocated from Saudi Arabia to Dubai and lived here between 1875 to 1954. He is known to be one of the well-known poets and famous personalities of Dubai, in writing Nabataean poetry.

He composed his great works while living in this house. While visiting this museum in Old Dubai, one can see how the poet lived and can also see many of his possessions, including his Persian rugs, furniture, household items and poetry notebook. This is a great opportunity for a visitor to see a heritage house which displays fine taste and sense of the poet through its architecture, designs and various other elements.

The museum has nine rooms spread over two floors. Each room tells a different story and history related to this great poet. The nine rooms are named as Al Oqaili Life, Eloquent Poetry, Nabataean Poetry, Correspondence, Cultural and Social Life, Manuscripts, Majlis, the House Restoration and Writings about the Poet Al Oqaili.

In addition to the original collection of poems and documents, the museum also displays poems written in his own handwriting. The visit to this museum will increase one’s knowledge of the famous poet in the region who was a celebrity figure in those days and was appreciated by the rulers of Dubai and international personalities.

One can combine this with a visit to the nearby Spice and Gold Souks. One can spend around 30 minutes here. Make a note of the timings; it is closed on Friday, Saturday and holidays and on other days, is open till 2pm only. Entry is free.

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