Despite what you might think, sightseeing by foot is indeed possible in Dubai. Only in the heat of the scorching summer months would this be a somewhat taxing undertaking. All the other months of the year, walks around Dubai are an optimal way to catch the sights, sounds and scents of Dubai, both the modern and heritage parts of this buzzing city. You can wander around on your own city walk, obviously, or book a guided walking tour to get the stories behind the neighborhood by a local guide.
There are many areas of this sprawling metropolis which have been specifically designed for walking experiences such as La Mer and The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences, and these are enjoyed by both tourists and locals alike. Downtown Dubai is another interesting walking area with attractions such as Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera, Dubai Fountains and two vastly different shopping centres: the Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar.
Guided walking tours
An area in Dubai which benefits from a local guide walking and guiding you around is Old Dubai, the area around the Creek. The historical value and charm of this old-world neighborhood, where Dubai was born, would be lost if no one gave you the colorful insights into the old town, the Creek, the souks and their ancient history of gold and spices. An added benefit by having a local by your side, is the fact that he can help you bargain at the markets.
The Al Fahidi Historic District, also known as Bastakia, is also an area which warrants a guided walk. Dating back to the 1890s, this quaint neighborhood features traditional houses and architecture separated by narrow, winding lanes. The area is home to art galleries, cafés, a tea house, a coin museum, a coffee museum and to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding which is well worth a visit.