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Bastakia Quarter

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The Creek
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Address: Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 43539090
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: A visit to the Bastakiya Quarter includes culturally significant sights...
A visit to the Bastakiya Quarter includes culturally significant sights, such as Dubai's oldest building (1780s), the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum, and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).
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Everytime i get a visitor, I take them to Bastakia. While there's not much to do within Bastakia, its nice to take a stroll around. Visit the Coffee Museum here. It's quite cute... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Everytime i get a visitor, I take them to Bastakia. While there's not much to do within Bastakia, its nice to take a stroll around. Visit the Coffee Museum here. It's quite cute. Bastakia is especially nice during events like Sikka where there is a lot to see and live music. Otherwise, it quite a quiet place with not many... More 

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Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great to take pictures, the architecture is classy old, is like walking an old Dubai town. Nice places near by to have snacks, eat or just relax. Great for couples!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Nice area of the city for a walk around. Has some art galleries and places to eat. Mud structures give you a sense of old city, some of the art stuff is good as well

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Dubai government did a good job restoring the Bastakia Quarter, the heart of the old city. It is very clean - one would say sterile - and particularly looks attractive at night when some of the buildings are nicely lit up. However, there is little to really see or do. There are just a couple of stores, a restaurant... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It didn't do it for me. Struggled to find it and then didn't think there was that much to it. You don't go to Dubai for history and culture.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Peaceful and interesting insight into earlier living. Pity original areas like this aren't still around. Even this one was a reconstruction.

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NY, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

True, most of the structures are recreations but it is still a nice contrast from Dubai's modern neighborhoods. If you want to see an example of a restoration, I suggest the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House. The closeness of the buildings create shaded areas. Lots of photo opportunities. We walked along the creek and stopped into the area by accident.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I have to say this section of town was not what I expected as it looked so new and not very historic. The shops and galleries are tucked into the little alleyways and overall makes for nice distraction if you are down by the Creek.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Its worth a visit if you are wondering what Dubai looked like before the high rises went up. It has a lot of Persian influence in its old architecture . Regrettably a lot of it has been botched and not original in character , but the idea is there. If its a pleasant day and not too hot its a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The neighborhood is very peaceful. The winding alleys and the museums and restaurants courtyards are all intriguing. However, something seems to be missing here. The purpose of the area is for restoration. But without human life, the restoration may not reach its high purpose. Compared with other old cities in other parts of the world, this one seems to be... More 

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.