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Bastakia Quarter

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The Creek
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai and 3 other guides
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Address: Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
+971 4 353 9090
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Historical quarter

Bastakia can be visited with a free walking tour organized by City Sightseeing. You can visit Old souk, coffee museum, Dubai historical museum for free as well.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Delft, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

View the heritage of Dubai here. It will take you all of half an hour leving you feeling slightly deflated to say the least!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's like going back in time - to a Dubai without skyscrapers, withoput the oil billions, to a Dubai of traders, merchants and pearl divers. Nice shops / galleries - looking forward to go there again. Easily to be combined with a visit to the Dubai Museum, only 5 min walking away,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It would be a shame to miss this place should one visits Dubai. Apart from all the tallest tower, glitzy malls and hotels, Dubai has a history too. This place is very well preserved and set up for that. The quarter is full of understated old world charm, some of your best holiday photos probably would have come from here.... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bastakia can be visited with a free walking tour organized by City Sightseeing. You can visit Old souk, coffee museum, Dubai historical museum for free as well.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I understand that you assisted my sister, Cathy and Jen to create our itinerary, etc. Your attention to detail was appreciated. The trip was fantastic and life altering

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a few hours walking around the quarter. There is a local flavor to the area and a lot to observe. The water taxis load and unload here, lots of overly aggressive souvenir merchants, and unbelievably so many fabric stores that it is hard to imagine how so many can survive. This area is especially attractive after dusk when... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Art scene, galleries, cafe, boutique hotel, a different offering in Super modern Dubai. Great in this time of the year,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bastakiah is where the old Dubai was born. Its a village with a little nice places, very cute and some artistic stores.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolute living existence of Dubai's heritage. It will take you back to the past the moment you see the Dubai wall. I wish they could preserved it more. Inside there are some shop, hotel and cafe, which are quite expansive I would say in compare to some shop or cafe just a minute away of walk. But there are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very different from the rest of dubai. there were lots of chinese and japanese tour groups. not much to see besides old architecture. if you like coffee can go to coffee museum

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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.
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