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5 Top Things to Do in Marsa Al Seef

Although Dubai isn’t one of the largest cities in the world in terms of size, this emirate never runs out of things to offer both locals and tourists.

One of the newest places of interest in this city is Marsa Al Seef. The area, which was completed just last year, was designed to provide a seamless blend of cultural, modern and vibrant retail, entertainment and hospitality experiences to all visitors.

Marsa Al Seef is located along the Dubai Creek and, as such, also celebrates the Emirates’ impressive maritime traditions.

Top Activities in Al Seef

Once you have gotten settled into your leisure hotel room in Dubai and you’re ready to explore the city, head to Al Seef to enjoy these activities:

1.     Eat

If you haven’t had breakfast yet or you’re ready to have lunch or dinner, head to one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars in Al Seef. Enjoy a wonderful promenade dining experience in this culinary hotspot while indulging in superb savory and sweet dishes and your choice of beverages.

Al Seef is home to various establishments that offer different cuisines. Whether you’re craving Arabic, Asian, European or American cuisine, you will find a restaurant that serves these fares.

While you’re in the area, stop by the first floating restaurant here. It’s a unique and fun dining experience that you will never forget.

2.     Shop

Dubai is known as one of the top shopping cities in the world. Al Seef further cemented the city’s status since the area is now also home to various exciting shops.

Al Seef boasts of retail shops that showcase the best of the East and West. You will find stores that sell traditional and ethnic handicrafts. Of course, you will also find various shops that carry modern, famous and high-end fashion brands.

Whether you’re into casual, trendy, vintage, sophisticated or African-inspired fashion, you will find what you’re looking for in one of the shops here.

While shopping for yourself, your loved ones and your friends, you will enjoy the beautiful views of the pristine water and landscaped gardens. You won’t regret spending several hours indulging in retail therapy or simply window shopping in this beautiful place.

3.     Immerse yourself in Emirati culture

You can know more about the Emiratis’ heritage and history simply by visiting Al Seef. Start by joining a cultural walking tour where you’ll go through the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood and Dubai Creek. You can then stop at Al Seef.

While in the area, you can watch fishermen and merchants crossing the calm waters in their dhows which have been part of their and their ancestors’ daily routine. You will also be awed by the open-air floating market, Creekside pontoons, and shops and stalls hosting regional crafts and textiles.

Don’t forget to drop by the art galleries to look at paintings and other Emirati-inspired art pieces.

4.     Relax

Al Seef isn’t all about dining, shopping and learning; you can also get some much-needed R&R in this area. The good news is that there are various Dubai spa offers you can take advantage of to get some pampering time without paying a fortune.

You can find various spas, massage and wellness centers in Marsa Al Seef. As such, if you’re starting to feel tired and stressed out from traveling and all the activities you’re doing, head to one of these places to get a massage and to pamper yourself.

5.     Join various events and festivities

If you’re in Dubai at the right time, you’ll be in for a treat since you can join all the events taking place at Al Seef.

For instance, every December, Dubai plays host to the annual Shopping Festival. You will enjoy a lot of discounts, perks and freebies when you shop at the stores in Al Seef.

This area also has a lot to offer during the UAE National Day, another event that takes place every December. During the celebration, Al Seef showcases a variety of fun and interesting cultural activities, musical performances, kids’ shows and workshops that everyone will love.

Once you’re in Dubai, make sure you spend some time in Marsa Al Seef. You’ll find everything you’re looking for and more in this buzzing new destination.


Habib Khan is a seasoned Hotelier, currently the CEO of Planet Hospitality and General Manager of Arabian Courtyard Hotel and Spa. Khan has more than 30 years of diversified international experience in the hospitality industry. He is an expert in developing, transforming, and managing hotels, with an ability to analyze and solve problems in a challenging work environment.