Marsa Al Seef: A Destination in Dubai Where Old Meets New

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In 2015, the annual property event showcased some of the most exciting upcoming projects, including the development of Marsa Al Seef on this traditional hub. Last year, the works on this cultural center were completed. Now, you can enjoy dining and shopping in this new cultural hotspot and one of the best locations in Dubai today!


What Makes Marsa Al Seef a Worthy Place to Visit?


Marsa Al Seef stretches 1.8km along the Dubai Creek, close to the Al Fahidi Historical District. It is designed to keep the Emirati culture alive. Visiting this place is a chance for you to witness Dubai’s past and to contextualize the Dubai that you see today.

This new destination has a strong historical and cultural component. It features galleries that feature traditional clothing and artifacts and boutiques that sell Emirati artwork. You also get to see examples of traditional occupations like fishing, boat building and pearl diving.

Its surrounding area also has an interconnected waterway system that allows dhows to glide across the water. Take a ride in one of these old-fashioned wooden boats and you will instantly feel like you’re in Venice.

Marsa Al Seef also boasts of an authentic souk. This open-air market offers you a chance to browse and buy different hand-made goods. Indeed, this is a place you should visit if you are looking to bring home genuine Emirati or Arabic souvenirs.

But apart from featuring Dubai’s past, Marsa Al Seef is also designed to fit into the current image of the city – a cosmopolitan hub. It is full of cafes and retail stores.

Another unique aspect of must-visit Dubai destination is that waterways surrounding the area. If you want to avoid road congestions (or simply arrive in style), you can choose to ride a water taxi or your own private yacht to arrive at your preferred restaurants and shops.


Things To Do


Experience a sum of delicious memories at one destination. Al Seef offers a gourmet oasis – your body, mind and soul can get swallowed by the unique aromas of the delightful cuisines on offer. Prepare yourself for a memorable feast of quenching soothers and enticing food.

Some of the options you can try include high-end Italian gelato shops, Lebanese-American restaurants and homegrown community coffee houses. Some restaurants were even designed as floating restaurants.

Choose from a wide range of menus inspired by various cuisines worldwide. Experience some of the most sought-after delicacies bound to keep your mouth watering. And as you are enjoying your food and drink, you can watch traditional dhows making their way up and down the Dubai Creek.



The place offers an impeccable shopping experience that combines classic elegance and modern brands. You get to experience the best of the West and the East. Traditional handiwork, intricate craftsmanship and ethnic crafts are combined with modern fashion labels offering you a haven of comfort, style and luxury. Try out your favorite picks while enjoying the view of the horizon or gazing at the landscaped gardens and pristine water.

Retailers here also sell everything from locally-produced handicrafts to high-end fashion. Experience a shopping extravaganza as you discover Dubai’s past, present and future. This is the best place to shop if you want to buy a new outfit for yourself or a gift for your loved ones.



Witness breathtaking events like local crafts, art exhibitions, dhow building exhibitions, live cooking stations and other performances in this popular tourist spot. This is exactly where you can relive the heritage of the country. It also allows you to immerse in their culture through cultural events and shows at the open-air museum, amphitheater and art galleries.


Where to Stay?

Marsa Al Seef, as the cross-section of the new and old elements of Dubai, makes it a great place to stay. Experience the city’s different aspects when it comes to hotels. Choose from heritage hotels on the historical side to modern hotels in more contemporary areas.

Staying at an Arabian Heritage themed hotel can be your best option if you really want to experience Dubai’s culture. They offer their guests a perfect combination of business and wellness services to meet your rejuvenation and relaxation needs.

Furthermore, here is a list of the different amenities a leading Arabian-themed hotel can offer:

  • 24-hour room service
  • A wellness spa featuring different kinds of massage, facials, and body treatments that use natural products
  • Fully equipped recreation facilities that use only the latest machines and equipment
  • A gym to work out
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Tour assistance for trips in Dubai including city tours, customized tours, desert safaris and other tourist spots
  • Car rental service
  • Prompt and professional airport transfer service
  • Beauty salon offering various services in hair treatments, makeup, hairstyles and nail treatments
  • Free Wi-Fi so you can make transactions, keep in touch with your loved ones, and check your inbox when necessary
  • Currency exchange service


You can also take advantage of the best venues for conferences, meetings and gatherings. Leading hotels offer boardrooms with elegant furniture, fresh ambiance and professional services. These rooms are equipped with high-quality furniture, natural light and all the necessary amenities for business meetings, events and even for private parties.

Aside from these, you can also take advantage of their catering services. They can handle both corporate and private events as full-service caterers delivering custom menus that are best suited for your catering needs and budget.

When you’re in Al Seef, retrace the steps of the first weavers, fishermen, tradesmen and pearl divers that once came to trade as you wander through the streets and marina lining the edge of the water. Also, revel in the comfort and convenience of the modern cosmopolitan city and discover cafes, leisure venues, restaurants, entertainment experiences and captivating shops. Indeed, a visit to Marsa Al Seef will be one of the best, worthy personal investments you can make.

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Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.

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