Unfortunately, we visited Dubai in mid-June meaning it was unbearably hot. But, we still took an afternoon to escape the "consumption en masse" of the malls and dive into Dubai's historical quarter. Here, you'll find shady alleyways, historic architecture such as wind towers, intriguing art studios/galleries, heritage houses as well as the Grand Mosque.
It is definitely worth spending some time in the Bastakia Quarter - the highlight for us was to see the ruins of the original city walls which you stumble across here & there throughout the Quarter. It gives you some perspective on just how rapid Dubai has grown from such humble beginnings into the global city it is today.
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