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“Dubai's historic part” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter
Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (The Creek)
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Ranked #60 of 276 things to do in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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).
Dublin, Ireland
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“Dubai's historic part”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

I really enjoyed my time walking around the Bastakia Quarter. It shows the history and culture of Dubai and the UAE before the build up of skyscrapers and what it is today. A real middle eastern experience can be found here. I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in this type of experience.

Visited July 2012
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“Beautiful but hot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

We dropped in here on the way to the Dubai Museum and it is certainly quite fascinating to look at, but hard to navigate and the shops are few and far between. There are some high-end restaurants all around. The atmosphere was hot and dusty and we found ourselves running from shop to shop for some A/C as it was so hot walking around. The architecture is brilliant but it felt overall quite touristy though there are some shops where you can get your names written in Arabic - always a fun thing to do! Try to avoid this place until night fall to avoid collapsing from heatstroke.

Visited June 2012
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“Don’t tell locals this was a Persian village”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

To the foreign eye, the quaint mud-brick shop-houses in narrow alleys look very old & Arabic. Little laneways & café’s make it interesting but it seems it’s all for show. Like any tourist centre, there are carpet shops, trinket stores, places selling art, fabrics & postcards. You won’t see locals shopping for fridge magnets or everyday goods here, no vegetables, exotics spices or monkeys running around either. The only locals you’ll see are the people standing behind the cash register.

The Bastakia Quarter was originally the more affluent area of a fishing village populated more by Persian merchants rather than local Arabs. It is an atmospheric place in the mornings & late afternoons, but not so great for people-watching unless staring at sweaty foreigners is your thing. The nearby creek is a river of-sorts where you can rent a boat to take you on the water to escape the midday heat & view the town from the water. The Dubai Museum is located in the oldest building in Dubai, the Al Fahidi Fort which is within walking distance. A walking tour is a probably great way to experience some Arabian flavour & forget those malls for a while. Try walking around in the late afternoon to avoid death by heatstroke.

Visited October 2011
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“a historic site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

On your way to Dubai museum (coming from the creek side) , you will pass BASTAKIA. Dating back to the 19th century this part of Dubai has been renovated with its original elements, showcasing how the wealthy mearchants used to live. The first settlers were mearchants from Iran, that's why you find an exellent iranian restaurant there with a great athmosphere and fabulous iranian food. Tip: dont just walk through Bastakia but enter this old houses, look at the courtyards, wander through the buildings. It;s an experience. For Art Lovers: visit the majlis gallerty, for food lovers: stop at the LOCAL house, there you can eat a camel meat burger and refresh with a camel milk shake.

Visited July 2012
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“Essential Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

This is Dubai as it used to be. A look back in time at Dubai's culture & heritage. This is also a fantastic location to walk along the Creek from (if it's not too hot!)

Visited September 2011
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