The Ultimate Travel Guide to Marsa Al Seef

Marsa Al Seef is the new travel destination in Bur Dubai that runs for about two kilometres on the banks of Dubai Creek, next to Al Seef Street. This project was finally completed this year, and it includes retail, leisure, residential, and entertainment facilities. Visitors of all ages will definitely enjoy this new attraction.

It has become one of the must-visit places in the region because it highlights, as well as preserves, the local heritage, with buildings designed in the traditional Arabic style. It also showcases the best restaurants in Bur Dubai, a marina for private yachts, an amphitheatre, and a floating market.

Read further to learn about the local attractions you can visit and the best place to stay in at Marsa Al Seef.

5 Local Attractions You Should Not Miss

1. Zabeel Park

Perfect for families and fitness enthusiasts, Zabeel Park is a well-designed landscape that is divided into sections, with pedestrian bridges connecting them. The place is huge, which can mean that attempting to explore the whole area can be tiring, but fortunately there are shaded areas provided where you can comfortably take breaks. Also, you can take the mini train for a relaxing and more enjoyable park tour.

The giant Dubai Frame is the latest attraction in this park. In one direction, you can see the New Dubai, and in the other, you can appreciate the Old City.

During the winter months, the park offers a seasonal attraction known as the Dubai Garden Glow. Every year, they offer a different format. In the previous years, the park offered a dinosaur section with lots of animatronic beasts, and the underwater world.

The park’s amenities include a technology theme park, jogging tracks, an adventure playground for kids, a bicycle rental, a boating lake, and restaurants. Also, it has mobile charging stations, prayer rooms, free Wi-Fi, and free car parking.

2. Dubai Museum

A visit to the Dubai Museum will give you the opportunity to learn more about the emirate’s history and culture. It occupies the old Al Fahidi Fort, which is the oldest building in Dubai that was built originally to defend the town from the Bedouin tribes. Until the early 20th century, this served as the office and home of the ruling sheikh. In 1971, it was transformed into a museum.

This museum has rooms with exhibits of weaponry and folklore. Around the courtyard, you will see assorted wooden boats, revealing the different vessels used before (including the abra). The wall of the courtyard is also unique because it was constructed from corals that were horizontally layered using powdered gypsum.

The traditional barasti hut is another attraction of the museum. Made out of palm branches with spaces in between to let the breeze in, this is the type of home that people in Dubai used to live in until the 1960s.

But the real attraction of the museum is the buried wonderland offering an in-depth overview of Dubai’s traditional life, culture, and crafts. A series of rooms portray each aspect of life, including local architecture, Islam, falconry, traditional games and dress, and camels. You will also see replica shops with different traditional crafts and trades like potters, carpenters, spice merchants, blacksmiths, and tailors.

3. The Grand Mosque

Known as the biggest mosque in Dubai, the Grand Mosque is considered the most important place of Islamic worship. It is enormous, but with a plain structure featuring complexly carved windows on the main doors and a swirl of Koranic script.

4. Diwan

Also known as the Ruler’s Court, the Diwan sits at the east side of the Grand Mosque. This is guarded by high black railings with several oversized wind towers.

The Diwan Mosque is more striking because this has a flattened onion dome with a slender white minaret that competes with that of the Grand Mosque in terms of height. During the walking tours of Bastakiya, non-Muslims can see the mosque’s interiors.

5. Al Fahidi Street

Known as the de facto high street in Bur Dubai, the Al Fahidi Street bisects the area from east to west. It is lined with plenty of shops offering Indian clothing, jewelry and shoes, along with some fancy watches and mobile phones. After dark, crowds come out – the off-duty laborers, sightseers, and shoppers overrun the entire street. You’ll get to witness Dubai become intensely Indian and absolutely fun.

Where to Stay

Marsa Al Seef offers plenty of unique tourist attractions that you simply cannot visit in a single day. Experience as many of the different aspects that this new destination offers by staying in one of the best hotels in Bur Dubai.

For an authentic Arabian feel, consider booking your stay at the Arabian heritage-themed hotel that is located on the historical side. This is one of the 4-star hotels in Bur Dubai that offers the best combination of business and wellness services. Amenities include a swimming pool, a beauty salon, recreational facilities, fully equipped boardrooms, 24-hour room service, car rental, tour assistance, and even airport transfers.

With plenty of things you can see and do in Marsa Al Seef, this absolutely must be on your next Dubai travel bucket list. And by booking your stay at a heritage hotel offering exceptional services and expriences, you can surely have a fun, hassle-free, and memorable Dubai trip.


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.