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Discover the cultural fabric of the city

At first glance, Dubai may appear to be a futuristic vision populated by gleaming steel towers and a fast-paced lifestyle, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a rich vein of tradition and heritage that encompasses ancient history and modern icons.

Dubai Museum

Hidden beneath the remains of the historic Al Fahidi Fort, which was constructed in 1787 and is the oldest building in the city this subterranean museum is packed with life-size dioramas depicting life in the pre-oil era, a traditional Bedouin tent, scenes of marine life and the hardship of. Add insight into several archaeological sites dating back to 3,000 BC and get a snapshot of Dubai then and now.

Desert Safari

Swap the sands of Fairmont The Palm’s beach for the Dubai desert with an afternoon safari experience that showcases the natural beauty of the desert hinterland.  A thrilling ride across undulating dunes in a four-wheel drive vehicle is an exhilarating introduction before a relaxing evening spent in a recreated Bedouin-style camp complete with Arabic barbecue dinner, traditional oud music and even a camel ride.

Gold Souk

While black gold (oil) secured the city’s fortune, the real thing is still traded in Dubai and the old Gold Souk is still a hub of activity for retailers, buyers and tourists. Pick up a unique gift, commission a piece of your own design or simply enjoy a good haggling session.

Burj Khalifa

From historic attractions to soaring icons, Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest manmade structure in the world at 829.84 meters, but the city’s best-known cultural landmark. Book your ticket for the At the Top observation deck and soak up the 360-degree views throughout the day or visit at sunset for the perfect romantic conclusion to any itinerary.

The Dubai Fountain

Another new cultural centrepiece for the city, The Dubai Fountain was designed by the same people behind the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The placid blue waters of the Burj Khalifa lake are transformed into a light and sound spectacular with scheduled daily performances that see water shoot up to 150 meters into the air to a musical backdrop of Arabic, French, English and African melodies.