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Khan Murjan Dubai

 

Khan Murjan is a souk-like shopping centre or marketplace that we can find in the Dubai Wafi City. Wafi City is one of the unique shopping areas of Dubai, in its size, it may equal a smaller village and it looks entirely new and strange in the same time, being strangely authentic while at the same time, it is different from what you can get to see anywhere else. Khan Murjan is part of the complex stuffed with smaller and bigger shops, looking beautiful and therefore it has become one of the most popular shopping places for tourists in Dubai.



First, let us say a few words about Wafi City. The Wafi City is a shopping and entertaining complex that is located in the heart of Dubai and it has quite a unique outlook. The inside of Wafi tries its best to look like an Ancient Egyptian village of course it doesnít lack its pyramid either, a huge pyramid made out of glass, housing the main shopping mall of Wafi City. Khan Murjan, as part of the complex serves to provide tourists and visitors with the experience of visiting a traditional Arabic souk.

If you are familiar with the medieval Arabic and Muslim architecture of the Middle East, itís likely that you have heard of Khan Murjan, which is the oldest standing building of Baghdad in Iraq. The place was used as an inn and later as a hostel for students. Its adjoining mosque is today called Murjan Mosque. The beautiful Khan Murjan had been built in 1358 and stands on the shore of the river Tigris. Fortunately, the authentic renovation works of Khan Murjan have started just recently in Baghdad and we can expect this great old building to gain back its fame. This is the story of the real Khan Murjan. Now, let us see what to know about Khan Murjan in Dubai, inside the Wafi City. This building works as a souk and it has been made as a replica of the original Khan Murjan of Baghdad, as a salute to Iraqis. Although the building does not resemble its originator, as it is a kind of mixture of diverse architectural elements taken from the different Middle Eastern and North African Arabic cultures, Dubai has tried its best to build a building, which is authentic yet modern in its outlook and functions.

Khan Murjan today serves as the traditional souk of Wafi City. It has some great covered alleys through which the traveller can wonder and get amazed by the beauty of Islamic Arabic handicrafts in Dubai. Khan Murjan Dubai also has a nice inner courtyard where the traditional restaurant of the building is located, which is really a must-visit, offering the specialties of all the Arabic countries. The building currently houses 150 shops, mostly selling handicrafts such as carpets, leather ware, authentic bronze accessories and decoration and the beautiful bronze lamps, which have always stood on the first place, as tourist souvenirs.

Wafi City with Khan Murjan can be found in Mirdiff district in Dubai that can be easily accessed with Metro. In Wafi, Khan Murjan has quite an elite place and if you are in Dubai, it is really worth visiting this beautiful old-style souk.

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