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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
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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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US$56.81*
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A Glimpse of History on Dubai's Heritage Tour
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Dubai City Tour
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Dubai Museum Gold Souk and Water Taxi

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interesting place to walk around for about one hour then head to the textile souk.

This was an interesting place to walk around and visualize how people used to live. Only takes about an hour and then head to the textile souk for a little bargaining fun.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an interesting place to walk around and visualize how people used to live. Only takes about an hour and then head to the textile souk for a little bargaining fun.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must do to walk around Bastakia to get the real sense of the history of Dubai before and after the Emirates were formed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most people may know Dubai for its 5*Glamour, but there's also the old part of Dubai, which is not the newly built 'Old Town' but the areas Deira and Bur Dubai which are separated by the Dubai Creek. The Bastakia is on the Bur Dubai side and accommodates some historical buildings, although most buildings have been refurbished or rebuilt some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first destination in Dubai, during my artist residency in Dubai in 2015, the place gave me lot of insight into the history of the city in the last century, helped me a lot for my solo show "Cartographer of a Magic Land" @ DUCTAC, Dubai preview 12th Nov. 2016. The feel of the stones, air, and more ......

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We hadn't realised that this had been designated a heritage area and wasn't actually a 'lived in' part of town. As such, whilst the buildings are preserved for posterity and make for an interesting wander, the area lacks atmosphere and the hustle bustle of daily life. There are a couple of heritage houses to visit but many of the buildings... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Though the buildings might not be ancient, they show the lifestyle fo UAE from about 50 years ago. Restored to their original condition, this area is a nice place to walk through the small alleyways and admire the architecture and discover small boutiques and tea/coffee shops - the small but quaint Dubai museum is nearby. A must visit for tourists.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Perhaps I went on the wrong day of the week or at the wrong time, but the place was very quiet. There were a few other tourists wandering around, but not many. Most places had their doors closed, only a few with signs welcoming you in. And then when you got inside some of the places like the coin and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I've been going to this part of Dubai for the past 10 or so years. It's now becoming a destination for art galleries and a few smaller hotels. This is an excellent area to combine with a trip to the cotton/material market and then to take a taxi boats across the creek to the gold souk. Unfortunately nearly all of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Otherwise known as Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bastakia was a fascinating and surprising find on my first trip to Dubai. Not really suitable for a visit on a very hot day, but ideal in November/December. It is a small area, so it is impossible to get lost in the alleyways, but wandering through you will get a sense of having travelled... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We have stayed in the historical quarter both times we visited Dubai, it is fantastic being right in amongst the history. The Dubai museum, coffee museum, abra/water taxis, textile souks, Orient Guest House and Orient Tea House are all there on the banks of the Dubai Creek.

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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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