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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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Pleasant old quarter turned tourist trap

Al Bastakiya is a pleasant old quarter of traditional Emirati houses that has been turned into a sort of tourist trap with expensive trendy cafes, expensive tourist restaurants... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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York, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This area, better known as Al Fahidi, features heavily restored old buildings, including a mosque, restaurants and quirky museums and galleries, on the banks of Dubai Creek. The cultural centre run interesting tours of the areas and also traditional Emirati meals with speakers which are delicious and fun, not at all stuffy. Best to book. From here you can walk... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This quarter of the city is worth visiting which gives you local flavour. Take a round & see the old houses & some museums

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

One can experience a local culture and amazing local lifestyle in this onld dubai. there are so much art and exhibitions in bastakia. Coffee museum is must visit place here.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best part of Dubai. Haven't seen such a preserved historical quarter in prime location in any other Persian gulf state (including Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi, Oman). Despite the weather being dusty, today, we were protected by the narrow alley ways between the houses.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Al Bastakiya is a pleasant old quarter of traditional Emirati houses that has been turned into a sort of tourist trap with expensive trendy cafes, expensive tourist restaurants and expensive upscale souvenir shops with the addition of mildly boring street art and tourist art galleries - but if you focus on the architecture, the narrow alleyways , the views of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I usually take visitors out the the souks and the Deira area to show them a little more than the skyscraper all is glitter everyone thinks Dubai is. It's always the highlight to wlak them through the Bastakia Quarter because no one expects to see this side of Dubai's culture being developed. Still Young and exciting, you will find artists... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love getting away from the city. Seeing the old side of town is always refreshing, especially while the weather is good. You get to learn more about how Dubai looked like and felt before all the hustle and bustle. Gives you a taste of the rich history and traditions. Totally worth visiting and worth the trip. You get to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I like this place because the history is preserved in a modren manner, I love the Morocco coffee at this place and it is highly recommended.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a part of our Dubai tour we visited this place. Old style compared to the modern malls but quite clean. Close to the water taxi. Good eating places & clean mosque.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is something that I enjoy much more than new malls and endless designer store. There is so many things to see, Coffee shop, coin museum, art galery...

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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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