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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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Nice to visit if you have time

It was very quiet and empty when I visited Bastakia Quarter. I saw only a couple walking through those narrow streets. I don't know if it is always quiet like this or it was just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It was very quiet and empty when I visited Bastakia Quarter. I saw only a couple walking through those narrow streets. I don't know if it is always quiet like this or it was just because it was a Saturday afternoon. It's beautiful and nice but I don't think it's a must. If you have time and it's around, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This area offers an really interesting insight into the history and cultural of a very modern city and offer a really interesting alternative to the glitz and glamour of the sky scrapers so from that perspective I would advice it as it offers an alternative perspective to the city. The area consists of small galleries, artisan houses and cafes along... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

When jet lag caused us to awaken before our Hotel Arabian Courtyard started serving breakfast, we took an early morning stroll throughout the Bastakia Quarter of Old Dubai. Immaculately restored buildings arranged along narrow alleys provided wonderful shade and the views of wind towers that provided 19th Century air conditioning created a historical walk back to the old ways. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A strange place that seems to have been plonked down in the middle of the glitz of Dubai. Yes I understand that this is supposedly the old quarter but it is far more redolent of a committee having decided that Dubai needs some "history". So went and built it. If you have plenty of time in Dubai then it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

It was very nice to stroll in this heritage village to get a glimps of what its like in the past, we found a really neat small arabic coffee shop/museum and tried Arabic coffee for 5aed a cup. Was definitely worth a visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The official name of this area is now Al Fahidi but everyone still calls it Bastakia. The cab driver didn't know what I was talking about when I said I wanted to go to Al Fahidi. The neighborhood was established in the late 1800s and what you see there now are heavily restored buildings. There are some shops, some restaurants... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Bastakia is worth a short stop only. Don't expect real historic structures in this so called 'old quarter'. It's just a remake of how Dubai used to look before it struck oil. As such it's of average interest. The whole place looked a bit lifeless when we visited, which was on a thursday, mid-morning.

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KL, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Nice place to stroll around and gawk around. But not really much to do. As many have said, this is a reconstructed area. But still nice away from the city glam.

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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