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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
Phone Number:
+971 4 353 9090
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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Historical journey through Old Dubai

I always bring my visitors here. Great area to see old world Dubai. Lots of renovated houses, art galleries and coffee shops in a truly old setting - a change from the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Heather C
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I always bring my visitors here. Great area to see old world Dubai. Lots of renovated houses, art galleries and coffee shops in a truly old setting - a change from the skyscrapers! Dubai Museum is nearby which is a must see as is an Abra ride to the olther side of the creek.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very nice area dedicated to the past atmosphere. You can walk in the small streets, far for the noise and the traffic and get lost in the calm and the beauty of the ancient building reproduction.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Every corner here has its charm painted by art. A must visit for anyone residing here or visiting Dubai.

Thank Heba Mohammed A
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to this area several Times and like the vibe. Parking can be hard, best to go early. The art hotels and little galleries are great and the coffee museum is definitely worth a visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking from the old souk, next to the creek, in the Al Fahidi historical site, you will find the Bastikia Quarter, which is the neighbourhood, a picturesque, old-fashioned, interesting little place in this area, containing many many interesting things to watch and explore. The place dates back from the late 1800's or beginnings of 1900's, but it still has some... More 

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Long Island, New York
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It a look at some authentic older buildings/homes. Interesting architecture. Nice for a walk through and some pics.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this area really interesting and informative. There are lots of little nooks and cranny alleyways and courtyards. We went in the evening because it was cooler and some (not all) of the cafes and shops were closed but we still managed to find some really interesting ones open. As it was evening it was all lit up and not... More 

Thank Anne D
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited with the Big Bus walking tour...has the traditional houses with wind tower....few museums and art gallery...one can visit to feel our emiratis lived

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After our tour with the Centre for Cultural Understanding, we spent a couple of hours touring through this beautiful area. Many of the buildings are now art galleries and museums. The buildings are close together so that there is always shade along the path. Lots of little cafes too.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wear walking shoes and take a parasol if it's summer. Take teh 1 dihram boat over to the souk and give the salesmen a hard time as they will be cajoling you to buy. Beautiful historical buildings plenty of hidden courtyards.

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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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