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“A must visit place of interest in Dubai” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter
Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Ranked #32 of 111 Attractions in Dubai
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
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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, United Arab Emirates
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“A must visit place of interest in Dubai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Heritage village....It's a worthwhile visit to see the 'old' Dubai and observe the architecture especially the wind towers and surrounding traditional houses and museum, if time is limited. Try the local delicacy on offer. If you are lucky, there's camel to ride!

Visited March 2013
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“Flavor of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It's worth spending an hour or two walking through (if it's not too hot) to see the old Dubai, and the interesting architecture. Even a short drive around if you don't want to walk. The wind towers that provided (some) cooling to the houses are well displayed here. Nothing terribly exciting, but it would be a shame to come to Dubai and not see this. You can also get a similar feel from Sheik Saeed al Makhtoum's house, not too far away.

Visited August 2013
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“Good for a walk around”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Walked around the quarter on our last day in Dubai. Nothing fancy but for the experience. If you do not have the time you can skip it and you won't miss much.

Visited April 2013
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“See the real Dubai with traditional houses.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Most of the tourists come to Dubai eager to see the world highest tower Burj Khalifa, the only 7 stars rated hotel Burj Al Arab, the world biggest mall-Dubai Mall, the engineering's wander of Palm/ Jumeirah, The Atlantis Hotel and sun drenched beach resorts. Although these highly visible and recognizable local landmarks conglomerate the name of today's modern Dubai, the Bastakia area, on the other hand, is quietly tucked away in the corner of an area where culture and traditions are preserved. To access to the quarter from busy traffic intersections on 19th Street and the Al Faheidi Roundabout could present a challenge to the visitors since there is no designated pedestrian crossings nearby. Sign for this historical area is not clearly posted. We were looking for a cafe/tea after a visit to the nearby museum, We followed the cafe posted sign and after that we discovered we were in the Bastakia quarter! The traditional housing structures are very unique to those of the western standards. The yellow stucco buildings with wind towers were built for the wealthy textile/pearls traders from Bastak, Iran, hence the name. The numbers of wind tower represented the level of wealth. Wind tower(barajeel) functions like a wind tunnel that sucks the cold air in and lets the hot air out during the time when electric powered air-conditioner was not invented. The visit to the heritage culture center is free. The center courtyard and rooms of various functions built around it like a square box. The upper level balcony terrace and rooms are for guests, social and study. You can see Grand mosque and minarets just a short distance away. It's was a new moon day, the silhouette of a tiny quarter moon, the glowing mosque dome and minaret in a dark sky composed a serene nature beauty and a great backdrop for the photo shoots. Inside the quarter there are Bastakiah Nights Restaurant serves Arabian cuisine; a very artfully decorated hotel/cafe/gallery-XVA, a few historical buildings, labyrinth of small alleys, standing tall corner wind towers, dusty yellow structures, a site of city's only remained defense wall, locals dressed in their Arabic costumes, are unique characters representing this very quiet and old Dubai neighborhood. For those who wants to take a break from the sightseeing modern Dubai/ bathing on the sun drenched beaches, or those who love studying history and architecture, this place is like an unpolished precious gem for you to discover. For the amateurs this place presents an great opportunity to put your camera to work. To get here from Central Dubai district, take the metro green line to Al Fahidi station, take Khalid Bin Al Waleed exit and walk 15-20 min. toward the Creek,or hire the taxi from the metro stop.

Visited May 2013
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“disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

we traveled to bastakia by taxi and found it to be a waste of time and money (there is no entrance fee but the taxi was a waste, it was quite a drive). it was deserted and nothing was going on/ on display. we wandered around and got lost, not meeting a single person. it looked pretty but we did not know what we were looking at. a guided tour would perhaps be a good idea. at the end, we struggled to get a taxi back to the hotel because there was no taxi rank.

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