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Bastakia Quarter

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Address: Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 43539090
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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 August 21, 2015

The best place to visit Al Bastakiya to know the real start of Dubai and the Bedouins life. Instead of seeing the same modern building tourist get bore but the real taste of olden days life ..

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New Delhi, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Old Quarter of Dubai which holds the local markets and you can stroll around and enjoy, also there is dubai museum, nice must have if you have time !!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went as part of a city tour. It was good to see the charm of the old. But the modern buildings around spoils that olden day beauty. Gives tourist and people a good idea of how it must have been in yester years.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Unfortunately this place is like the rest of Dubai very artificial...it lacks heart and warmth and there is no character what so ever, what a shame as the name implies it would be a historical interest.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

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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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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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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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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