Rove City Centre is located at the heart of the bustling Deira district, in Old Dubai. The neighbourhood is full of iconic city landmarks, busy alleys and images that remind us of Dubai’s rich maritime heritage.
The heritage itinerary is for those that want to discover the most authentic sights of the city in a true Rove style. No glitz and glamour, or expensive attractions, just good old school Dubai.
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10am – Mystery Tour:
After an energy-packed breakfast at The Daily, hop on a taxi and go for a Mystery Tour where taxi drivers are given free rein to show you their favourite city hotspots. Taxi drivers know the city inside out and are excellent guides to show you around city and recommend some under the radar spots to visit. From jumping on the dirham dhow across the creek, to sampling freshly baked manakeesh for only AED5 near Deira Old Souq, to a traditional shave at barber in the old town, to curries in Karama or dosas in Deira you will experience a side of Dubai seen through the eyes of those who know it best.
12pm – Taste of traditional cuisine:
Visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai and enjoy a meal with local flair while chatting with an Emirati host about UAE culture and customs. This is a great opportunity to discover the local traditions and sample some local food.
Wandering along narrow streets of Bastakiya, Dubai’s historic neighborhood, be ready to explore new places you will be willing to come back to. Make Art Cafe is another hidden gem in all the chaos of vibrating Dubai. Absolutely Instagram-worthy place that welcomes you with the inspirational art gallery on the ground floor and beautiful terrace on the top where you can enjoy reading your favourite book along with sandwiches or working in a relaxed atmosphere and sipping a cup of rich coffee.
Timings: Sunday- Thursday from 9am-7pm.
3pm – Heritage House:
Go back in time and step into the Heritage House which was constructed in 1890 and provides you with a rare opportunity for a glimpse into a residence that was previously inhabited by a wealthy pearl merchant. Within each room, expect to witness three-dimensional dioramas that aim to recreate vital and conventional aspects of life along with informative audio visual displays to stretch your minds. Guests are at liberty to explore the quarters including the majlis and traditional kitchen and pantry (entrance free of charge).
Timings: Sunday-Thursday from 8am-7.30pm and Fridays from 2.30pm-7.30pm.
5pm – Dubai Antique Museum:
Worked up a sweat? Enjoy a refreshing smoothie or ice cream ahead of taking a trip back in time in your search for eclectic collectables at the Dubai Antique Museum.
Timings: 9am to 8.30pm.
Continue your time travel at the Etihad Museum and browse more than 3,000 historical books and papers in the museum library. A dynamic 21st century museum, Etihad Museum is focused on inspiring its visitors with the story of the founding of the UAE. Through a unique visitor journey, the various pavilions house experience-driven exhibitions, interactive programmes and education initiatives that explore the chronology of events that culminated in the unification of the Emirates.
Timings: 10am to 8pm.
Prices and opening times displayed are as of February 2018 and might have changed at the time of reading this article.
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