happenings this month Around Deira
Around Deira
Updated on 07 May 2019

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

What to do
Al Raffa

Take yourself on a well-deserved spa day at YHI Spa. Facilities include an indoor spa and treatment cabins for couples or solo visitors. As well as Moroccan and Turkish baths, water circuits and colour therapy. Call 04-3767475.

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
Casa Mia
Le Meridien Dubai Hotel

You’re in for a treat with Casa Mia’s home-cooked Italian cuisine and mouth-watering wood-fired oven pizzas. Tuck into Italian flavours with prosciutto, pasta and panna cotta. Call 04-7022455.

Where to party
La Fabrique
Pullman Hotel

This cool and cosy sports bar is the ideal spot to chill out With nibbles and beverages on offer, this spot has all you need to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Plus, you can watch your favourite teams on flat-screen TVs. Call 04-2941222.

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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