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Bastakiya, Historic Dubai Neighborhood

Step back in time and experience traditional Emirati life
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.9 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Bastakiya neighborhood, one of Dubai’s most important historic districts, dates back to 1890 when wealthy textile and pearl... more »

Tips:  As this is a traditional neighborhood of Dubai, modest dress is appropriate. Women and men should be loosely covered from the neck, to... more »

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Points of Interest

Most visitors are wildly curious about Emiratis – the natives in Dubai. The best place to get up close and personal with them is at the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) The SMCCU is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding among the different cultures in Dubai.

Enjoy a typical Arabian breakfast or lunch in... More

There are several options for touring the Bastakiya neighborhood after your breakfast or before your lunch. You can certainly meander through the narrow streets and explore on your own or you can book a tour at the SMCCU and learn more about the intriguing history of Dubai and Bastakiya and Emirati life.

If you wander on your own here are some... More

Depending in the timing of your tours, enjoy lunch or dinner at the Bastakiya Nights Restaurant, a delight for the eyes and the curious palate. Housed in a restored courtyard home, the oldest building in Bastakiya (built in 1895), it offers open-air courtyard dining or rooftop dining with views of the Dubai Creek.

This charming setting,... More

Just short walk from Bastakiya is the Dubai Museum. Go back to the SMCUU, facing the street go right to the roundabout and go right about 1 block and Museum will be on your right or just ask directions from locals you see.

The Dubai Museum is housed in Dubai’s oldest building the Al Fahid Fort built in 1787. The fort guarded the landward... More