We parked on the north side, the Deira side, and started by walking though the Spice Souk. It was a maze of narrow alleyways lined with small shops and holes-in-the-wall where the spices were piled high. Such a sensory walk!
We went to this restaurant for an early dinner, housed in the Bait Al Wakeel building which used to be the Dubai office of the British India Company:
We had traditional Arabic food, tabbouleh, hummus, shish tavouk, shish kebab, falafel etc. Mmm, some of my favourites!
We did buy a few more pashminas, since we were cold you know - plus they were so pretty and cheap!
Even though I thoroughly enjoy the lush shopping, stunning modern architecture, sophisticated dining etc here, it was lovely to get a taste of the Arab culture and more traditional parts of Dubai as well.
Now I feel like we've finally covered most sides of this multi-faceted city - the souks and bazaars, the shopping malls, the desert, audacious buildings and other projects, the nightlife and the culture.
Now we can go home. (But we will be back!)