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Bastakia Quarter

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The Creek
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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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It didn't do it for me. Struggled to find it and then didn't think there was that much to it. You don't go to Dubai for history and culture.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

It didn't do it for me. Struggled to find it and then didn't think there was that much to it. You don't go to Dubai for history and culture.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Peaceful and interesting insight into earlier living. Pity original areas like this aren't still around. Even this one was a reconstruction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

True, most of the structures are recreations but it is still a nice contrast from Dubai's modern neighborhoods. If you want to see an example of a restoration, I suggest the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House. The closeness of the buildings create shaded areas. Lots of photo opportunities. We walked along the creek and stopped into the area by accident.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I have to say this section of town was not what I expected as it looked so new and not very historic. The shops and galleries are tucked into the little alleyways and overall makes for nice distraction if you are down by the Creek.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Its worth a visit if you are wondering what Dubai looked like before the high rises went up. It has a lot of Persian influence in its old architecture . Regrettably a lot of it has been botched and not original in character , but the idea is there. If its a pleasant day and not too hot its a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

The neighborhood is very peaceful. The winding alleys and the museums and restaurants courtyards are all intriguing. However, something seems to be missing here. The purpose of the area is for restoration. But without human life, the restoration may not reach its high purpose. Compared with other old cities in other parts of the world, this one seems to be... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

It is one part of the historical area of Dubai. You can see some typical buildings, mosques, buy falafel or shawarma or camel burger there. Nice relaxing walk.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Enjoyed a wander round Bastakia on a Saturday afternoon. Lovely quiet relaxed atmosphere. We particularly enjoyed the Coffee Museum which we found tucked away down an alleyway. There were coffee facts, a video, coffee shop, a traditional Ethipian Coffee making area, Coffee shop including coffee themed jewellry and Coffee Museum bags. Well worth a look. A nice area to stroll... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

One of the original places that was established by Iranians in dubai when dubai had no high rises or locations Originally known as Persian quarter now it is called Al Bastakiyah for political reasons. Has a lot of nice shops and creek nearby

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Ricany, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The quarter should not be missed as it shows how the city looked in the past (athough it is obvious that the buildings were renovated) There are also many galleries and small shops usually open till 2pm.

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Staying in 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.