Approximate length: 5km/1.5 hours.
From creekside smells to bustling souks, and heritage buildings to Dubai’s oldest pub, this short stroll takes in much of the city’s history.
2 Call into the Sheraton Dubai Creek (04 207 1721) for refreshments at The Chelsea Arms, which dates back to 1978 and claims to be Dubai’s oldest pub.
3 Continue along the creek, following it round until you reach the seafront and Deira Fish Market. From here, take in the view of the ocean and then turn right down a side street to enter the Gold Souk and Spice Souk.
4 Emerge at the other end of the souks on Old Bastakiya Street, at the Deira Old Souq abra station, and hop aboard a dhow to cross to the Dubai Old Souq station, on the Bur Dubai side. The trip costs Dhs1 each way, and abras run daily until about midnight.
5 From here, turn left and follow the road as it curves round, taking the first right onto Ali Bin Abi Taleb Street. Walk a short distance, and on your right you’ll see Al Fahidi Fort which houses Dubai Museum (04 353 1862). Entry is Dhs3.
6 Once you’ve toured the museum, travel east down Al Fahidi Street and enter the restored Bastakiya neighbourhood, which recreates the city’s affluent merchant district in the late 19th century.
7 Head back the way you came and turn onto Al Mankhool Road, heading south to Al Fahidi metro station, where your trip concludes.