happenings this month Around Bur Dubai
Around Bur Dubai
Updated on 04 September 2018

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

What to see

Bastakia
Al Hamriya

As one of the oldest heritage sites, Bastakia is also one of the most picteresque. Built by Persian merchants in the 19th century, the Bastakia Quarter takes its name from the town of Bastak in southern Iran.

Where to shop

Meena Bazaar
Al Ghubaiba Rd

Meena Bazaar was originally called ‘Cosmos Lane’ but due to the immaculately dressed mannequins, taxi drivers began calling it Meena Bazaar. Meena Bazaar is a shopping area, made up of a conglomerate of shopping streets in Bur Dubai.

Where to eat

Elia
Majestic Hotel Tower

Elia has pioneered the Greek cuisine scene. Head Chef Yiannis Baxevanis has over 30 years experience in culinary arts, creating a menu that embraces the fundamentals of Greek cuisine. Call 04-5012690.

Where to party

Pancho’s Villa
Astoria Hotel

Famous for live music, the Tex-Mex themed, Pancho’s Villa has been a fan favourite for over 30 years. The combination of Mexican cantina and ‘80s disco makes this spot the ideal party destination in Bur Dubai. Call 04-3534300.

What to do

The country’s only Hindu temple
Bur Dubai Old Souk

In 1958, Sheikh Rashid bin Said Al Maktoum, the former Vice-President and second Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, gave his permission for a Hindu temple to be built. This was even prior to the UAE’s capital rise from oil production. Situated in Bur Dubai Old Souk, the temple remains to this day the only Hindu temple in the UAE. Islam prohibits the use of idols, so there aren’t any present within the temples, however, there are a number of paintings on display for the purpose of prayer. The charm of the country’s only Hindu temple is, just that, that it is the only one of its kind. Although it is small and understated, the temple serves as the only place where Hindus come to worship, making it a special place for people of all religious beliefs. Devoted pilgrims from all across Dubai flock to the temple to offer prayers, flowers, and fruits. The Hindu temple also offers worshippers free meals, known as Prasada. Prasada is meal that is eaten by Hindus and Sikhs after worship after it is offered to the deity and then distributed among followers. The word ‘Prasada’ literally means a gracious gift.

The temple is comprised of a single prayer hall with two shrines, known as ‘Sannidhis’ dedicated to Shiva and Krishna. Shiva is considered the creator and protector of the universe in Hindu cultures and is said to be the Great Yogi, the Lord of Yogis. The deity, Shiva, has been the patron and spokesperson in numerous Hindu Yoga texts. Krishna is considered the ruler of compassion, tenderness and love.

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