Bastakia Quarter
Bastakia Quarter
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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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The area
Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Fahidi • 9 min walk
  • Al Ras • 10 min walk
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,820 contributions
    For once no skyscrapers and malls here, but an old Dubai leftover
    The original name of what is now known as Al Fahidi, was Bastakia. It was founded by Farsi traders from Bastak (Iran) towards the end of the 19th century. It was just a very small settlement (some 60 houses) on a small space. Only narrow alleys separated the houses. In their drive to 'modernize" Dubai during the 1980s, half the neigborhood was demolished. The other half was destined to disappear as well, but 'rescued' last minute. Eventually after another initiative what was left of Bastakia got its present shape: a mix of reconstructed and restored places mainly geared to tourists.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 15 February 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,812 contributions
    Worth a visit
    This area offers a glimpse back to historic Dubai. There are plenty of interesting cafes and shops to visit, together with street art and a camel and it’s baby. It’s pleasant to simply wander around and take it in.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 March 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,188 contributions
    Historic District of Dubai
    Interesting historic district of Dubai dating back to the 1890s. Also known as the Al Fahidi Neighborhood. Several small museums and cafes in the district. Nearby is the Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum and Dubai Creek where you can take an Abra across the river to explore the Old Souk. Al Seef along Dubai Creek is also nearby and worth exploring.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 27 July 2023
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Alexandr25058
Kazan, Russia66 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
The Bastakia is an atmospheric place with the spirit of old Dubai. You can find here spice shops, souvenirs, art museums and restaurants.
Written 13 November 2023
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Danielaioannis
56 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
Everywhere around town 🩵🙌 nice place shopping traditional... Perfumes spicy Arabian perfume... Cashmere...
Written 15 October 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,188 contributions
Nov 2022
Interesting historic district of Dubai dating back to the 1890s. Also known as the Al Fahidi Neighborhood. Several small museums and cafes in the district. Nearby is the Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum and Dubai Creek where you can take an Abra across the river to explore the Old Souk. Al Seef along Dubai Creek is also nearby and worth exploring.
Written 27 July 2023
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Darren_C_Thomas
Brisbane, Australia870 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Dubai old town gives the traveller a great insight into what Dubai must have been like. Whilst many of the stores are your usual touristy places, a few are not making it well worth the visit
Written 13 July 2023
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,812 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
This area offers a glimpse back to historic Dubai.

There are plenty of interesting cafes and shops to visit, together with street art and a camel and it’s baby.

It’s pleasant to simply wander around and take it in.
Written 21 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,820 contributions
Jan 2023
The original name of what is now known as Al Fahidi, was Bastakia. It was founded by Farsi traders from Bastak (Iran) towards the end of the 19th century. It was just a very small settlement (some 60 houses) on a small space. Only narrow alleys separated the houses. In their drive to 'modernize" Dubai during the 1980s, half the neigborhood was demolished. The other half was destined to disappear as well, but 'rescued' last minute. Eventually after another initiative what was left of Bastakia got its present shape: a mix of reconstructed and restored places mainly geared to tourists.
Written 15 February 2023
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Haytham Abu Firas
Qatar14,378 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Bastakia is the old name for the place where its new name is Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. Old city of Dubai, narrow streets, shops and cafes.
Written 19 December 2022
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kimwillrule
Singapore, Singapore2,640 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Bastakia Quarter, Dubai: BQ is where art or history lovers flock to. It’s a beautiful cobbled stone square where the gorgeous traditional motifs and stoic simple architecture stlll abound. Stones and palm trees all scream desert cool and the elegant canopies provide the aesthetic and the relief from the hot scorching sun. #eatstylishtravelstylishp
Written 25 November 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,605 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a lovely area in Dubai to take a tour in and less to wander around on your own.
The contrast with the new part of Dubai is staggering.
Written 11 November 2022
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Ryan
11 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is a beautiful place to visit, unfortunately I've done during a tour and we didn't have a chance to visit any of the museums there
Written 31 May 2022
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