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Bastakia Quarter

Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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As featured in 3 days in Dubai
Ranked #55 of 201 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 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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

I visited on a Monday morning about 10am, got the tube there - got off at Al Fahidi and walked, it was fairly simple (I saw the tourist bus go past so knew I was there). Nothing much was open at this time so can't really recommend to go then. It was interesting I suppose but I see how the... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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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