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“Good place to visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter
Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #54 of 197 attractions in Dubai
Type: Historic Walking Areas
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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).
Dubai
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“Good place to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is a (mostly) free tourist area where you can see recreations of old houses. Great for walking around. If you can, try to stay at one of the guest houses (Orient or XVA)

Visited January 2013
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“Genuine, Authentic and Insightful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I visited this area as a part of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding Tour (which, by the way is a must-do). Bastakia is a beautiful peek into the past and gives tourists perspective into the bedouin way of life.
Very educational, informative and an authentic experience that captures the true soul of Dubai.

Visited January 2013
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“A must visit for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Visited it as part of my visit to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding - was just a glimpse but I think they've done a great job capturing the essence of the culture.

Visited August 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Historic & Artistic Dubai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Bastakia offers a peak into the historic & artistic Dubai. Various specialist museums & galleries offer a sensual & tactile experience of the architecture, history, economy & creativity of the UAE. The lunch of faultlessly cooked & presented camel burger & chips was enjoyed to experience the ethnic desert dwellers protein source. Two exceptional Arabian style guest houses in Bastakia offer the cultural time traveller an opportunity to experience a bygone era. WC facilities are of a high standard & clean.

Visited January 2013
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“Old town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

It is good to see that the old buildings are being restored and it was good to wander around. We visited the coin collections. But generally we soaked up the atmosphere. As his is beside the take a walk alongside.

Visited December 2012
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