Over the last two decades, Dubai has carved itself a reputation as one of the finest tourism destinations in the world. Home to world-class dining experiences, indoor ski-slopes, man-made islands and beaches, the tallest building on earth, the largest mall on the planet, and more, Dubai continues to raise the bar.
Despite the opulence and luxury, the authentic part of Dubai has never disappeared. It has actually continued to thrive quietly in the background leaving the hordes of tourists to flock to the beaches and shopping malls.
Super 8 by Wyndham Dubai Deira is centrally located in Deira by the Gold Souk, in a neighborhood that is a staple in Dubai’s history. It is situated near several public-transportation hubs and is a perfect base to explore some of Dubai’s most interesting landmarks and businesses. Check out these must-see sights and activities just within 8 km of Super 8 by Wyndham Dubai Deira.
1. Shindagha Museum & Heritage Village
A short walk and water taxi from the hotel are Dubai’s marvelous Shindagha Museum and Heritage Village. Once home to the ruling families and elite until the 1950s, this historic district has become one of the main cultural hubs in Dubai with the restoration of more than 150 historical buildings to date. The Shindagha Museum is the perfect place to delve into Dubai’s rich culture, history, and traditions, whilst the Heritage House (built in the 1890s) is a perfectly preserved example of Emirati architecture.
2. The Gold Souk
A visit to Dubai is not quite complete without a wander through the Gold Souk, located on the Deira bank of the Dubai Creek, and right across the road from Super 8 by Wyndham. Whether you simply wish to admire the abundance of glittering precious metals or are on the hunt for something special, it is certainly worth the detour. In classic Arabic tradition, a bit of negotiating is always part of the experience, while all merchandise has been carefully regulated by the Dubai Government ensuring the authenticity and quality of the products.
3. The Spice Souk
A 10-minute walk from Super 8, through the dwindling streets of Deira, visitors will find themselves at one of the finest spice markets of the Middle East. Visitors will be amazed by the quantity and quality of spices and herbs, teas, nuts, and oils available. All spices are priced by weight and many of the vendors will happily share their expertise, recommending spices by flavor, use, and even health benefit!
4. The Dubai Creek
Once the only port in the city, for centuries the Dubai creek was the beating heart of the city’s economy. No longer an international trading hub, it remains an area bustling with excitement and activity. A short stroll from the Super 8 by Wyndham, it is here that visitors will be able to catch a glimpse of the Dubai that once was. There is no better way to explore this fabulous area than on foot before hopping on a traditional Abra to see the sights from the water.
5. Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusions is like no other! Suited for people of all ages, this interactive experience will confuse yet, excited your senses. A fantastic collection of different exhibits, such as an anti-gravity room, a rotating room, and an infinity room, just to name a few are on display to be explored by visitors. Please ensure your camera or phone is fully charged as it is sure to be an Instagrammable moment!
6. Dubai Frame
Described by some as the biggest picture frame on the planet, the Dubai Frame has undoubtedly become one of Dubai’s most remarkable landmarks. A 15-minute taxi ride from the hotel, visitors will be able to marvel at 360-degree views of both old and new Dubai. A metaphorical bridge between the Emirate’s past, present, and future, the experience equally takes visitors on that same journey. The journey begins with a multimedia exhibition of the history of Dubai, then the sky deck and its 150-meter-high glass walkway, then finally an immersive experience wraps up the visit, as visitors get a sneak peek into what’s in store for Dubai, boasting special audiovisual effects.
If you would like to take your Dubai experience to new heights, what better way to admire this beautiful city than from the sky! Departing from Dubai creek, just a -minute drive from the hotel, the Seawing offers a range of aerial sightseeing tours of Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi onboard a seaplane. What could be more exciting than enjoying unobstructed views of Dubai’s most famous landmarks and from a flying boat?
8. The Arabian Tea Houses
Located on the other bank of Dubai Creek in what is referred to as Bur Dubai, this beautiful tea house is a wonderful place to stop, recharge, and refuel when exploring the surrounding area. The building is worth a visit and is yet another nod to the rich culture of the Middle East. This lovely restaurant and café expertly manages to blend tradition and modernity, both in the look and feel of the venue as in its food and beverage selection.