Forget what the government would have you believe. Dubai creek is the TRUE "downtown".
This is where everything that you know today as Dubai all started. This is where the inspiration to try and build a "Singapore of the Middle East" came from. Where Dubai grew into the metropolis that it is, yet they did so bereft of oil.
All they had was trade and a mirage. Dubai creek is literally the heart of it all and the closest that anywhere in Dubai comes to having a soul. The sterile glass and concrete does not reign here and you can still cross th creek from either side on the traditional abra boats. The authorities are trying to qualify it as a UNESCO world heritage site. I have my doubts but stranger things have happened.
The pirates the smugglers, the wreckers with their false lights: As far as I'm concerned they're all still here. The lights have simply gotten brighter.
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