We spent our second full day in Dubai visiting the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek. While the original Dubai settlement (including the fort) is on the West side of the Dubai Creek, the East side grew faster in the earlier days of the settlement. As such, the Bur district feels much newer and has a different vibe.
We started our walking tour in Bastakia, where some of the oldest buildings in the city have been recently relocated and populated with businesses and museums. We wandered through the complex, peeking into various courtyards and shops before heading over to Dubai Museum. Built around Al Fahidi Fort, the museum tells the comprehensive story of Dubai city and the surrounding areas, starting with evidence of early settlers in 2000 BC.
The next stop on our walking tour was the textile souk. If I was looking for fine silk or a unique fabric for my ascot, this is the place to go. We meandered along the river before the heat got to us and we turned back towards home. Once back at our hotel, we took a quick dip in the rooftop pool before stopping by the mall in search for food.
After a brief rest and a little preparation for the GITEX Conference presentation, we headed to Shangri La Hotel for an EO networking event. I met an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of entrepreneurs with which I hope to foster many long-term relationships. I determined at this event that if you do not get involved in Dubai as a business, you are missing a tremendous opportunity.
[tags]Dubai, UAE, Bur Dubai, Dubai Museum, EO network[/tags]