Dubai is home to the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest man-made structure at 2,722 feet tall. The Dubai Tower, slated to be even taller than the Burj, will open in 2020. Formally known as The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, it won’t be a traditional skyscraper, but more of a slender tower, anchored to the ground with cables. The one-billion-dollar, minaret-shaped project will include a boutique hotel, observation decks and other destination features.

Dubai Tower
The Dubai Tower with the Burj behind it. (EMAAR)

My worry is the development, or future ones like it, will destroy the historic Deira area of the city. With all the glitz and luxury, it was a cool area to explore that felt authentically Arabic and old. On my recent Dubai adventure, I spent a wonderful afternoon wandering through the souk-like streets and lanes of the district. It was a nice contrast to the luxe experience you get in every other part of the emirate.

SMCCU
With the director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Dubai
Spices in Dubai
Spices in the Deira souks, will they disappear with new developments?

DUbai Creek
The historic Dubai Creek area has a rustic charm, not found in the rest of this modern metropolis
Deira Dubai
In the souks of Deira