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“A hideaway from the city”
Review of Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter
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$56.81*
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A Glimpse of History on Dubai's Heritage Tour
Ranked #50 of 394 things to do in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
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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).
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A hideaway from the city”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

If you're looking for great photos of what you think an old Arab town might have been like, here's the place. It's quiet and picturesque, and there's a great view if you can find a way to the rooftops. Bring your camera, but dont forget to soak in the views!

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“A must visit in Dubai”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Dubai is brash, loud and very very artificial, but Bastakiya takes you to a time long lost in this city. Sure, the complex is mostly artificial too, but its often deserted and offers a peaceful distraction to the whirlwind that is Dubai. Meander down the lovely alleyways and find hidden nooks and crannies for great photos. Be warned, there's no food or drink to be had here, so bring some or you'll have to wait!

Visited December 2012
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Trossachs, United Kingdom
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“An oasis of calm”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

By all means enjoy the malls, Wild Wadi and all of the other attractions of Dubai but try to find time to treat yourself to a short visit here.

In the Bur Dubai area around the Dubai Museum and close to the Meena Bazaar, this collection of traffic free streets contains old merchant houses with their characteristic wind towers. The universal odour of shisha is replaced here by oud and frankincense from the spice shop on the corner. Bougainvillea cascades into a narrow lane, glimpses of the brilliant white Farooq mosque with its arches infilled with perforated decorative screens (jali) appear around shady corners.

A coin museum, stamp museum, art gallery, calligraphy shop and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding share this quiet spot with rooftop views over the Creek.

Forget the noise and traffic and lose yourself here for half an hour, it's well worth it.

Visited December 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Superb”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Do it in the day, but also make sure you wander around at night too. Bastakia nights is a lovely restaurant with a beautiful courtyard but a limited menu.

Visited December 2012
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“Arabian”
Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you want to experience the local tradition, culture and truly feel you are in an Arabic Country, Bastakia offers the perfect alternative to the more popular high life experiences in Dubai. ...And have I mentioned the Al Fresco Cafe'??? Don't miss it...!!! ;)

Visited September 2012
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