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Bastakia Quarter

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #56 of 207 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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Bedlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Probably got here before the sellers were in full swing. Nice place to walk round and take in the opposite of Dubai's glitter and upmarket feel. Nice chat with a security guy which was the right side of reassuring - narrow alleys and hidden corners but all being supervised. Take your camera ......

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The main area is filled with shops and pushy sellers, yet once you get out of there its really historical and buildings around are very beautiful. If there weather is not too hot I think you can easily spend half of your afternoon just walking around, taking photos etc. A must go when in Dubai, and also taking the ferry... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A good place to go when you're looking for a break from the shopping centres. The museum is highly recommended. Great way to see dubai's transformation over the last 100yrs

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

If you are a culture geek, you will love Al Bastakiya situated along Dubai Creek. Here you can see Dubai as it used to be before all the mega structures came sprouting one after the other. It's totally a "whole new world" from what we usually see/know about Dubai in the news. It exudes the quaint and charming atmosphere of... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A labyrinth of streets, steeped with beautiful culture and architecture. I accidentally found a nice little Coffee Museum (http://www.coffeemuseum.ae - website still under construction), which sold Turkish coffee's and equipment. Quaint little place! Also, there are a few art galleries nearby, which also includes Iranian artwork! I would definitely recommend spending at least an hour here (its free of charge),... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Unfortunately, we visited Dubai in mid-June meaning it was unbearably hot. But, we still took an afternoon to escape the "consumption en masse" of the malls and dive into Dubai's historical quarter. Here, you'll find shady alleyways, historic architecture such as wind towers, intriguing art studios/galleries, heritage houses as well as the Grand Mosque. It is definitely worth spending some... More

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

As all the other reviews will tell you this is the heart of old Dubai. A hundred years back you would have found it just the same. With so much new Dubai many people will overlook the Bastakia. However I would recommend a visit anytime between November and April when the weather favours being outside. Plenty of places to grab... More

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This area is nice if you are interested in history and architecture. The wind towers and building styles are not Arabic but typically Persian (you will have seen the same if you have ever travelled to Yazd or Kerman for instance). Dubai still has a large number of Iranians living there. The highlight of the day for me was crossing... More

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Having once again stayed in The Bur Dubai for part of our trip, it meant another opportunity to visit the Bastakia Quarters. This is part of the historical Dubai and you can easily do a walking tour. This was an area started in the 19th century by wealthy textile and pearle merchants from Bastakiya, Iran. Its a step into the... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I wouldn't call it real Dubai. It is however, a good representation of what old Dubai was like before the city became what it now is. There is barely anything open early (10:00am), so don't get there until later on. There are a few interesting cafes, historical displays and an interesting old chap who is a calligraphy expert. If you... More

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