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“Best in the winter months”
Review of Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai
Ranked #49 of 418 things to do in Dubai
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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).
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

As all the other reviews will tell you this is the heart of old Dubai. A hundred years back you would have found it just the same. With so much new Dubai many people will overlook the Bastakia. However I would recommend a visit anytime between November and April when the weather favours being outside. Plenty of places to grab a coffee and lots of little nic-nac shops to browse. Avoid in the summer as it really is too hot to be outside.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

This area is nice if you are interested in history and architecture. The wind towers and building styles are not Arabic but typically Persian (you will have seen the same if you have ever travelled to Yazd or Kerman for instance). Dubai still has a large number of Iranians living there. The highlight of the day for me was crossing the creek in an abra (traditional boat) to visit the gold souk on the other side (i was underwhelmed by it, by the way).

3  Thank Mary P
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Having once again stayed in The Bur Dubai for part of our trip, it meant another opportunity to visit the Bastakia Quarters.

This is part of the historical Dubai and you can easily do a walking tour. This was an area started in the 19th century by wealthy textile and pearle merchants from Bastakiya, Iran.

Its a step into the past but now restored with boutiques, stores, art galleries and cafes in narrow passageways.

2  Thank PrestonGuild
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

nice place for shopping and souvenirs! you can find many "traditional" things although everything is made in china and there are many indians

1  Thank Carolina Z
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

I wouldn't call it real Dubai. It is however, a good representation of what old Dubai was like before the city became what it now is. There is barely anything open early (10:00am), so don't get there until later on. There are a few interesting cafes, historical displays and an interesting old chap who is a calligraphy expert. If you are sad like me, you will be humoured by the signs in the toilet doors :)

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