happenings this month Around Bur Dubai
Around Bur Dubai
Updated on 07 May 2019

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

What to see
Dubai Museum
Al Fahidi Fort

Housed in Al Fahidi Fort, the building was built in 1971 and is the oldest existing building in the city. The museum galleries recreate historic Arab houses, mosques, souks, date farms, desert and marine life. Entry Fee Dhs 3.

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
Eat & Drink Restaurant
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road

Nothing says ‘authentic cuisine’ quite like a restaurant that has been around since the beginning of time. Since it opened in the ‘80s, Eat & Drink Restaurant has provided customers with traditional favourites. Even possibly the best shawarma in town! Call 04-3932001.

Where to party
The Pulse
Mövenpick Hotel Bur Dubai

This aptly named nightlife sensation is nothing short of ‘pumping’. With a lively atmosphere and resident DJ Jeff, this spot has all its bases covered. Enjoy a great crowd, even better vibes and even the occasional Bollywood night! Call 04-3582090. 

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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