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Bastakia Quarter, Dubai

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Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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Step back into old Dubai at Bastakia Quarter, a preserved portion of town showcasing traditional architecture and an ancient way of life. Stroll through the neighborhood's narrow streets to admire the courtyard houses and their tall wind towers. Decorative and practical adornments, these towers were once the best way of cooling homes in the unforgiving heat of the desert. The area's scenic location by the creek offers a pleasant introduction to the city's heritage, with a museum and cultural center alongside the traditional homes. Before you head to Dubai, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Dubai online travel planner, to make sure you see all that Dubai has to offer, including Bastakia Quarter.
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  • This is a lovely area in Dubai to take a tour in and less to wander around on your own. The contrast with the new part of Dubai is staggering. 
    This is a lovely area in Dubai to take a tour in and less to wander around on your own. The contrast with the new part of Dubai is staggering.  more »
  • This is a beautiful place to visit, unfortunately I've done during a tour and we didn't have a chance to visit any of the museums there 
    This is a beautiful place to visit, unfortunately I've done during a tour and we didn't have a chance to visit any of the museums there  more »
  • Walked along Al Musallah street and entered AL Bastakia Quarter also known as Al-Fahidi historical neighbourhood which is the ancestral home of the ruling family of Dubai now converted and preserved....  more
    Walked along Al Musallah street and entered AL Bastakia Quarter also known as Al-Fahidi historical neighbourhood which is the ancestral home of the ruling family of Dubai now converted and preserved....  more »
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  • History is well maintained and protected. It's always great to walk through the past trails. The traditional buildings and architecture is so beautifully kept. It's a must visit place in Dubai. I would prefer to visit here in night time next time.
  • Certainly a great place to understand architecture, culture and tradition. A must visit to those who like history. Well set and maintained, all credit to the authorities for creating such a theme and place. Ample parking space.
  • Definitely a place to add to your itinerary on your visit. We went mid-day and it was very quiet. We were the only in many of the shops. The architecture and public artwork is beautiful. My only regret is not buyung some of the stone jewelry.
  • Loved it (sans the haggling to buy things but I realize that’s how they do business here at least in the local/historical districts so no hard feelings)! I spent the better part of my morning here and walked around for hours and was sweating so much. I would’ve stayed longer otherwise and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is right across so lots to see, do and eat - just dress appropriately for the weather (there are no dress codes)! Best part is you can see the Dubai creek and feel the breeze depending on where you are! Great solo trip experience! I went really early in the morning so it wasn’t busy at all and some of the shops/restaurants were not even open.. I think it’ll be great to experience it at night.
  • Beautifully preserved buildings dating back to Dubai's pearl fishing days as a British Colony in the 1800s. A great shady and quiet place to visit in the heat of the day, and a break from the constant glitzy skyscrapers and malls. Completely free to enter and everything inside is reasonably priced. Many charming courtyards and alleyways to explore. We were very tempted by the lovely teahouse and restaurant, and there is a "cultural understanding" place where you can learn more about the history and try some local cuisine. Not many people were there and not much was open, except the coffee museum (we didn't go in). Short walk from the metro, and we took an abra (small wooden ferry) across the creek to the Gold Souk. Highly recommend!

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