• LOCATION 20 | Tales of the Past: Tracing Dubai’s origins in Deira

    The Dubai Women’s Museum

    On your left is an intricate white archway. This is the entrance to the Women's Museum. You’ll find the stories of women from all walks of life there, along with insights into how they’ve helped to shape Emirati culture. The building is a heritage site dating back to the 1950s. Feel free to go inside for a look or come back once the tour has ended. Our final stop isn't far from here.

    We’re going to take the alleyway on your right now, almost directly opposite the entrance to the Women’s Museum. It’ll lead us to a part of Deira that sparkles and glistens with literal treasures: the Gold Souk.

    Dubai’s gold trade took off in the early 1900s, when merchants turned to gold after the collapse of the local pearl trade. The city’s tax-free and trade-friendly environment helped the industry flourish, and just like spices, the precious metal almost always all came in on wooden dhows like the ones we saw earlier. Gold from India was especially prized.

    The first gold shops popped up on this side of the creek, where it was easy to load and offload cargo, and there were eventually so many glittering storefronts that Dubai became known as the 'City of Gold'.

    Keep walking.

Tales of the Past: Tracing Dubai’s origins in Deira