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).
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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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4.0
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Alan C
Enfield, UK174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Could have been more Interesting, but just having been to Abu Dhabi which was new to us and older, there was not a lot of difference.
Written 26 March 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria21,023 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The historic center of Dubai, now there is not much to see here, although the place is pedestrianized.
The most interesting thing here is Dubai Creek.
Written 7 March 2024
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Basically, Bastakya and Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood are the same thing, although here they are all separate topics. A historic district in Dubai, where you can see traditional houses, with simple architecture and appearance. There are some small museums, souvenir shops, some nice cafes and that's about it. Also here is Al-Fahidi fort, which houses the Dubai Museum. But at this moment it cannot be visited. Nothing very impressive, but it's worth a visit to get an idea of how Dubai used to look.
Written 21 December 2023
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Alexandr25058
Kazan, Russia66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MN3,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Emirates5,975 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,985 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Qatar14,477 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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