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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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A Glimpse of History on Dubai's Heritage Tour
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Dubai Museum Gold Souk and Water Taxi

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Soak up the calm atmosphere

On the way to the Dubai museum make sure you have enough time to stroll around this area, where you can forget all the razzmatazz and skyscrapers and experience how Dubai used to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Norfolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On the way to the Dubai museum make sure you have enough time to stroll around this area, where you can forget all the razzmatazz and skyscrapers and experience how Dubai used to be. There are alleyways galleries and coffee shops etc in the refurbished buildings with their coral foundations which were originally live in by pearl divers. Some of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here en route to the Dubai museum for half an hour to wander the narrow alleys filled with buildings of traditional design. Nice place to stroll, for photos and for grabbing a tea or coffee (XVA cafe) in a unique setting. Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

View the heritage of Dubai here. It will take you all of half an hour leving you feeling slightly deflated to say the least!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's like going back in time - to a Dubai without skyscrapers, withoput the oil billions, to a Dubai of traders, merchants and pearl divers. Nice shops / galleries - looking forward to go there again. Easily to be combined with a visit to the Dubai Museum, only 5 min walking away,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It would be a shame to miss this place should one visits Dubai. Apart from all the tallest tower, glitzy malls and hotels, Dubai has a history too. This place is very well preserved and set up for that. The quarter is full of understated old world charm, some of your best holiday photos probably would have come from here.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bastakia can be visited with a free walking tour organized by City Sightseeing. You can visit Old souk, coffee museum, Dubai historical museum for free as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I understand that you assisted my sister, Cathy and Jen to create our itinerary, etc. Your attention to detail was appreciated. The trip was fantastic and life altering

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a few hours walking around the quarter. There is a local flavor to the area and a lot to observe. The water taxis load and unload here, lots of overly aggressive souvenir merchants, and unbelievably so many fabric stores that it is hard to imagine how so many can survive. This area is especially attractive after dusk when... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Art scene, galleries, cafe, boutique hotel, a different offering in Super modern Dubai. Great in this time of the year,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bastakiah is where the old Dubai was born. Its a village with a little nice places, very cute and some artistic stores.

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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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