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Bastakia Quarter

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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As featured in 3 days in Dubai
Ranked #47 of 189 attractions in Dubai
Type: Historic Walking Areas
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A visit to the Bastakiya Quarter includes culturally significant sights, such as Dubai's oldest building (1780s), the Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai... more » Owner description: 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). « less
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The Bastakia area in Dubai was the original settlement alongside the Dubai creek. The old houses all have the traditional wind-tower, which came from Bastak on the southern coast of Iran. Before electricity, the wind towers would catch the wind coming off the water, and channel it down into the house creating a unique air conditioning system. This area has... More

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Brasov, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We were lucky to visit the Bastakiya quarter during the Dubai Art Festival and many old buildings were decorated by various artists. Many small museums in this quarter are real pearls regarding the history and culture of the Emirates.

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Grenoble, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Nothing to do there, but a nice atmosphere with typical houses. It takes less than one hour to visit. It is close from Dubaï museum.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

It's like a theme park, nothing is real but you will enjoy it anyway. Don't go Sunday morning, everything is closed

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

It is one of the few places in Dubai which doesn't shout much, neat and calm. It also talks, smells, tastes the local culture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Plan on one to two hours to see a bit of the past. Fascinating wind tower houses of stone and sand, as the buildings have been restored to look as they did long ago. Courtyards, streets and alleys...History, architecture, restoration of the city wall, galleries and a museum...Walking tours were offered at the Sheikh Mohamed Centre for Cultural Understanding. A... More

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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Lovely place to stop and take a stroll, lots of authentic sights, sounds and smells. Very quiet and tranquil area that you can easily pass time and imagine the place in busier days with the bustling creek.

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Leeds
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We got off the metro at the wrong stop so had to walk back along the creek - and it really took some finding!! There were no signs to Bastakia and we eventually went miles past and then asked someone and retraced ours steps. Hint: the metro stop is Al Fahidi - although we really enjoyed our walk! It's a... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Very nice place showing to all visitors the past & history of Dubai.f you plan to visit it do it in the morning ,part of the houses are open only till 14.00.Could combine the also with a visit in the Dubai Museum.In Bastakia you could find also some small shops from where you could bay nice souvenirs or somebody to... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Bastakia Quarter is a tranquil and ambient antidote to the glass and concrete of modern Dubai, and the quiet calm of its narrow lanes and squares offers a sense of Dubai's character before its accelerated modernisation took place. Whilst many of its buildings have been restored and rebuilt, lending the Bastakia Quarter the peculiar air of both old and... More

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