5 Hidden gems in UAE that are a blast from the past

The mainstream tourist spots are all over the internet but, are you someone who is driven by nostalgia and historic architecture? We got you covered! Let’s explore the off beat or the hidden gems in UAE.

 1. Iranian Mosque, Dubai
Inspired by Persian architecture is this magnificent mosque located near the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai. It’s extensive Persian tile work and deep blue floral patterns covers its entire facade and the dome. A beautiful piece of art that you wouldn’t want to miss!

2. Al Ahmadiya School & Heritage House, Dubai
The first school in Dubai was renovated and reopened as a museum. It takes you on a ride into Dubai’s forgotten past. How the people of that lived in this city which is now counted amongst the most developed city’s in the world. Right next to it is the Heritage house where you get a glimpse of the traditional household, furnitures and ofcourse the architecture. 

3. Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi 
Emphasizing the Emirati history and culture, Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest stone building located right in the heart of the city. It is surrounded by modern tall buildings, making it a structure that strikes sharp contrast between the old and the new. It’s a vision in white with a stunning courtyard that now hosts art events and exhibitions.

4. Al Ain Oasis, Abu Dhabi 
Al Ain is  known as the cultural and educational centre for Abu Dhabi. This oasis has been in cultivation for the last four thousand years. It’s a serene trip with nature surrounded by date gardens. You can visit the eco-center and also the eastern fort located inside the oasis.

5. Al Bidya Mosque, Fujairah
The oldest surviving mosque in the country, it’s origin dates back to 1446. This mosque is built entirely with mud and stone making it interestingly unique. One can visit this place to offer prayers or stroll around the area which also consists of watchtowers and craft stalls. 

Which is the spot that interests you? Let’s together know UAE a little better!

(Contributed by Safia Mansoor)

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