Next to busy Omar bin al Khattab Road on the eastern outskirts of Deira is the little-visited Burj Nahar, built in 1870 to guard the city’s landward approaches and now set in a pretty little garden studded with palm trees. It’s one of only two of Dubai’s original watchtowers to survive (the other is Shindagha Tower): a virtually impenetrable round structure completely devoid of doors and windows in its lower half, and with only the narrowest of slits above.

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