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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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Too well renovated, close to Disney

Beautiful but little quarter, with XVA hotel/restaurant/gallery as best place to go, but too artificial.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

From Dubai Museum, one can just stroll to the Bastakia Quarter in Bur Dubai. This is a historical place, and maintained by the Dubai Municipality. There is no entrance fee. There are several shops selling artisan art, trinkets, and souvenirs...and a coffee shop that offers camel burgers (around AED45-bit expensive, but you're eating camel - so I guess, you have... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Bastakia its another part of the Dubai Heritage tour, but as the rest of the attractions in the same area, lacks authenticity and originality. The area its very quiet and tries to show how the life of the locals used to be. You will pass through some houses that were used by some of the royals and you will see... More 

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Paris
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This is Dubai old town restored, next to the Creek. It looks artificial but it is an interesting attempt to show how the old town was looking like only a few decades ago. It is worth to go and spend an hour and look at the 2-storey buildings and the shops. It is more active in the second part of... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Visited today expecting a snippet of the real authentic Emarati life, did not find this here. The whole place is quite obviously modern and built to replicate an old fashioned scene. Almost as thought walking onto a movie scene. Wasted part of my day getting here. Spent 10 mins looking about and left. Not worth a visit.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Beautiful but little quarter, with XVA hotel/restaurant/gallery as best place to go, but too artificial.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It was nice to see the essence of the heritage and development of Dubai, the place was empty as we walked around but I think that was due to themed day sun as much as anything. We got some beautiful photographs. You could spend a lot of time here looking in all of the galleries and small museums but we... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

If you're looking to get away from Modern Dubai, this is the place to be! Visit one of the authentic restaurants such as "Local House" where they serve camel! Yes I said Camel! Take a walk around one of the oldest neighborhoods in Dubai and take it all in slowly. Enjoy the architecture and art displayed around the walls. Look... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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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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Centreville, Virginia
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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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Address: Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 43539090
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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