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  • The Museum parking area and nearby public parking areas are available (relatively few)
  • Do not self drive to museums and heritage sites as they are located in crowded old city areas and parking is a scarcity there; you are rather advised to use public transport.
  • Wear easy to slip in and out footwear as many places would need you to remove your footwear.

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The dhow is the name of the traditional gulf sailing ship used to transport goods, for fishing and pearling, and is still in operation today. Most can be seen coming and going along the Dubai Creek. Dhows (large wooden ships make from teak wood imported from India) have become a distinct part of the UAE’s maritime fleet. The exact origins of the dhow are lost to history but scholars believe they originated in China around 600 B.C to 600 A.D. Traditionally men across the Middle East from Yemen, Oman and the UAE came to Kerala in India to order dhows. The reason behind this was the availability of good timber in the region from the forests of Kerala. This region also had a good supply shipping rope, known as ‘coir’ and also the presence of many skilled carpenters who specialized in ship building.

In the early 1900’s these vessels were also built in Yemen. At this time local timber from the Acacia Tree was used. It is still the practice that they are built in this region using similar local timbers. The vessels from Yemen are sometimes smaller in size than the India built dhows and can be seen travelling up and down the local coasts. Today, these gorgeous, traditional dhows are still built by hand in their traditional style on the Creek waterfront, in Jaddaf, about 1km south of Al-Garhoud Bridge. Here, craftsmen use basic tools (a hammer, saw, chisel, drill and plane) to curve and fit sturdy teak planks, one on top of the other, before fitting the frame on the inside of the boat.

Today, Dhows are still making commercial journeys between the Arabian Gulf and East Africa, using sails as their only means of propulsion. These ships are seen traveling south with the monsoon in winter or early spring and head back again to Arabia in late spring or early summer to make full use of the current and wind. Motorized Dhow water taxis are still in use as they were in the past. It was and still is the quickest way to travel to and from Bur Dubai and Deira.