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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
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+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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Real Dubai

This really is a great place to visit to see a little bit of Dubai. You can walk for several hours around and there are lots of interesting buildings to wonder in and out of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a nice reflection of the old period of Dubai. Was very impressed and enjoyed it very much. You can peak in some buildings

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great change from the malls. And always good to go back. Best place to take visitors to Dubai. On latest visit found a lot of arty hotels have opened up. The best part is, a decent map will also take you within a short walk to the creek, or abra ride, spice souq as well as gold souq. Word of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This really is a great place to visit to see a little bit of Dubai. You can walk for several hours around and there are lots of interesting buildings to wonder in and out of. There are samples of local culture with locals serving Arabic coffee, you can try dates. See how they make wool. The buildings themselves have exhibits... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst Dubai has gown exponentially over the last two decades with glitzy skyscrapers and malls this area offers a glimpse into Dubai's past and a simpler, quieter time. There are plenty of cafes and some craft shops here too. Well worth a wander around and the ferry is a nice way to reach here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bastakia is just splendid to visit, its like going back in time with lots of great little restaurants dotted throughout. Definitely one for anyone visiting Dubai. Only need a half day to do it and can take in the Dubai museum which is also close by.

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful place to stroll around, take pictures, have a coffee in a garden café, look through art galleries, have lunch or dinner. I feel very at peace at Bastikiya. Its never really busy so the perfect place for a stroll.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This area is a restored setting of what the old city of Dubai was like many years ago. There are many small shops, as well as the cultural center which is worth a visit. Several restaurants in the quarter as well. I don't know if it is a must see, but i think it is worth visiting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spend around 1 hour in this quiet historical quarter. It was well renovated and has very beautiful lightening. There was also a nice small mosque that has a great atmosphere.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting area if you are looking for some cultural boosts to your visit. Some interesting crafts and restaurants in the area but usually open later in the day. However the traditional architecture and small alley ways are interesting to walk around. It is near Deira so can be included in the day trip to that end of Dubai

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

favourite area of dubai in terms of heritage. Was deserted when i visited and i think it was the best part so got to explore every bit of it. loved it

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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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