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Bastakia Quarter

Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 353 9090
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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).
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good45%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“art galleries” (39 reviews)
“wind towers” (37 reviews)
“dubai museum” (55 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Many of those who have visited Dubai before will know that there aren't many things to do for cheap or even for free in Dubai but Bastakia is one of them. We had originally intended to do one of the last Heritage walks offered by...More

Thank William J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit on a Friday afternoon to experience a different feel of Dubai. It will be very quiet and relaxing. Its not much, but if you're tired of seeing the usual commercial spots, this is the way to go.

Thank janmcvee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I though is a real skansen. But there is not much to see. If you are in the area then it is okay. But most of the buildings are closed. Maybe the lunch or dinner with locals could be of value, but we did not...More

Thank Anett S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a relatively small place with nothing on it except for the old building they preserved. Not so impressive but you can check this out how they were before dubai was turn into a big and modern city.

Thank wgalicaya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place makes you feel like you went back in time and visit Dubai in the old heritage style. They have lovely restaurants, coffee shops and art shops that provide that old flavours of Arabia. It extends all the way to the creek. Make sure...More

Thank Aventus81
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The warmth and attention that the people showed us, was amazing. An inspiring place with colorful posters, inside and outside the buildings all along the lanes inside Bastakia. An incredible and wonderful morning and afternoon spent in the area. Impressed that there is another part...More

Thank aster_palms
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

If you manage to escape the heart of Dubai and its modern attractions, you will find a peaceful and welcome retreat in bastakia. It is a trip back in time and one worth taking. Best to explore this location before nightfall, as you wont be...More

Thank midris5
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This is about as historical as it gets in Dubai, which i super modern in every way, so a bit of history was quite welcome and really interesting.

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Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

When one thinks about Dubai, we all imagine tall skyscrapers and beach. Not many people know that there is more to Dubai and Bastakia Quarter is one of them. Right in between the famous Meena Bazaar / Bur Dubai is this hidden gem. A good...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

You get to see what homes were like in the past. Shops are now occupying the space. I thought the air conditioning was interesting. That is about it. We did the Cultural lunch visit there so that enhanced the visit.

Thank jackjump
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
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2 March 2015|
Response from Andy C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are lots of narrow alleys between the buildings, so don't let them wander off, but they will be safe as it is away from all traffic. There are lots of interesting things around every corner. And they should enjoy... More
23 December 2014|
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Response from Dxbreviewer1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the nearest Metro Is actually Al Fahidi but as other have said Bur Juman is also close. It is about an hour and a half from your hotel if you are staying in Abu Dhabi.