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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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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai

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Great little area for a stroll.

Interesting area and feel that more people should become aware that it exists in Dubai. Has a lot to offer and interesting for anyone that likes a little heritage.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2016
Katrina V
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit here is highly recommended. It offers a very different scenery from downtown Dubai and gives one a cultural glimpse of the Emiratis.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No week is complete without popping down to Bastakiya - it's absolutely beautiful and transports you straight back to old Dubai. Beautiful winding alleyways and wind towers...cafes and art galleries. You must go!

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Thank Kelly1814
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can see the old parts of Dubai at this place, when I was there its so quiet just like everyone dead.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Interesting area and feel that more people should become aware that it exists in Dubai. Has a lot to offer and interesting for anyone that likes a little heritage.

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I walked around this area in the early afternoon and it was dead, nothing at all was going on. There was a market just off the small ferry and it lacked any atmosphere at all. Time better spent elsewhere or visit later in the day.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This heritage village is a must visit, to appreciate the architectural miracles that happens in this land. The heritage village gives a flavour of how the journey of growth started for this land and introduces the visitors to the rich cultural past. The art exhibitions and the little shops hold the testimony of the richness and vibrancy of the land.I... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

Perhaps the first time TripAdvisor has failed me this badly. We walked through almost the entire layout, and we were almost the only people we saw. There's nothing going on here, nothing open. I can see the point regarding authenticity and some nice architecture, but as with the Creek and its nearby markets, if one has previously traveled internationally, this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

I just love this part of dubai. It is beautiful and clean and gives you quite a good idea of old dubai. the narrow alleys are really nice and cool, the gallery, cafes and handicraft shops are certainly worth visiting.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

the entire area has been recreated to replicate an old world sort of charm and given that everything in dubai is fake this too is no different. But it has its moments. if you are tired of looking at glass high rise structures then this areas is quite nice to look at plenty of artisan cafes and coffee shops in... More 

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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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