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Bastakia Quarter

Address: Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 43539090
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Ranked #32 of 111 Attractions in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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...
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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 Museum, and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Right next to the restaurant we had lunch in (Arabian Nights) there is a small area with buildings of Dubai in olden times. There are some galleries and restaurants here and is worth the 20-30 minutes you might spend wondering around.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We ended up at this place by an accident and enjoyed walking around in the dwelling alleys. Though the quarters were quite empty (or maybe we were there the wrong time of the day) it was a nice and cool place in the old parts of the town where you can get nice photos if you just don't want to... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Reconstructed houses, but essential to visit to gain a sense of the traditional way of life. Guided tours can be booked and will add to the experience.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Historical neighbourhood in Dubai near the Creek. Buildings are well preserved and maintained. Accessibly by abra and metro, with Dubai Museum in the same area. A distinctive feature of the buildings are wind towers, an architectural element borrowed from Iran. These work like air conditioners without electricity to cool the buildings. The area is pretty quiet in the morning. Guided... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Since everything is well restored, the area feels a bit like an open-air museum. Apart from that, walking around makes you immerse a bit in the history of Dubai - before its recent expansion.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

A really beautiful place to walk around. We went in the morning and on a Saturday; it was very quiet, but this was great! We had a lovely breakfast in one of the cafés hidden in the alleys. Such a welcome relief from the noise and bustle of the city.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The Bastakia area in Dubai was the original settlement alongside the Dubai creek. You can reach it by Abra for the princely sum of 1 dirham, so travel like a local from the spice and gold souks.Many of the old houses have the traditional wind-tower, which came from Bastak on the southern coast of Iran. The wind towers would catch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is completely different to the Dubai you get to see otherwise. These quarters have houses that are age old and fully decked in traditional furniture and architecture. By the evening there is a market around the places and the vendors can be a bit persuasive and pushy with their skills. But past that the quarters offers a splendid experience... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Al Bastakiya district shows you a whole different side to Dubai that is in total contrast to the modern gleaming skyscrapers. History lovers will enjoy the area. Some parts look a bit sterile and over restored though. A nice way to arrive is by Abra water taxi across the Creek. A journey takes 5 minutes and costs just 1 Dirham.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

One of the most interesting parts of Dubai and a definite must if you are a lover of history. While most of what we know as Dubai is soaring skyscrapers barely a decade old, here you will find buildings dating back 200 years. Oldest building in Dubai is the Al-Fahaidi Fort built in 1778, it is now home to Dubai... More 

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