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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
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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If you want to learn more about Dubai or about UAE in general, to see how previous generations used to live, it's the right place to visit. Interesting and beautiful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for a stroll thru the streets. My wife and I got lost walking the small alleyways and streets in this old part of town. We stumbled into art galleries, quaint cafes, nice small hotels. I got the impression that this is the artistic area of old Dubai. Very safe.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the places in Dubai where you still get a dose of the history of the city. I may be a bit biased given my family lived in the area for many a year, but I love walking around here when the weather isn't unbearable.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its the oldest part of Dubai. Now a days its surrended by nice cafes and art galleries. Good atmosphere to feel the old times. For me it was the best part of Dubai.

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Huntly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely area of restored cafes and art shops and galleries.well worth visiting to experience a different side of Dubai.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to learn more about Dubai or about UAE in general, to see how previous generations used to live, it's the right place to visit. Interesting and beautiful.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can highly recommend to visit Bastkiya and get lost in the little streets - also check out the small restaurants & boutique around the area

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

This is a great way to experience a more traditional side of Dubai. The quarter is right on the Creek and close to a lot of restaurants and a few museums.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Great to explore some of the alleyways in the old town, and found a great art cafe (The Make Cafe). The souvenir shops are great fun. We got talked into one and within 5 minutes ny son and I were in full Arabian robes and headwear. You have to be strong to say no to the salesmen though. Be warned... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

If you want to get a glimpse of the old city, headout to this place just before the more touristy museum. It's an adventure in itself. Surprise yourself everytime you turn a corner. I always thought it's a perfect place to shoot a perfume commercial. The best escape from the malls.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

If you are looking for history or culture - Bur Dubai is your place! Boasting the only 'heritage' Dubai has to offer in the form of older buildings, craft works, souvenirs and of course more recent art galleries and cute cafes. A must see for tourists and residents.

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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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