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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).
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai
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Bur dubai | Building 20, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 March 2007

I had the pleasure of visiting the Bastakia Quarters during Dubai’s ‘Creek Art Fair’. It was one of the places I read so much about and I always wanted to go. The Bastakia Quarters is a historical heritage site that was built in the 19th...More

32  Thank khali
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 11 April 2015

The official name of this area is now Al Fahidi but everyone still calls it Bastakia. The cab driver didn't know what I was talking about when I said I wanted to go to Al Fahidi. The neighborhood was established in the late 1800s and...More

6  Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Your find yourself in another epoca and it is so well done so you are feeling really in another century of culture (once upon a time)

Thank Grethe43
Reviewed 6 days ago

I really enjoyed the walk through the buildings and the art galleries were good too. They buildings are really old and there weren't lots of people

Thank tietzkaren
Reviewed 7 October 2018

We went by metro to Al Fahidi stop and walk a bit to reach Bastakia Quarter. It was a Friday morning and everything was closed, but it was really nice. There are many wind towers and many beautiful alleys. And good places for photo shoots...

Thank Dale63
Reviewed 18 September 2018

We visited the old Bastakia Quarter of Dubai on the last full day of our recent visit to the UAE. The taxi from our hotel to the Bastakia was selected for us by a concierge, and cost 30DH. - The return trip, in one of...More

5  Thank snakehipsdawn46
Reviewed 18 September 2018

With the corridors close together to channel the breeze, this area is the perfect place to visit for culture all year round. Try the camel icecream 'Nouq' in Make Art Cafe or have an Emirati breakfast in Arabian Tea House

Thank stelladebs
Reviewed 11 August 2018

It is nice to see the old architecture of Dubai and good to walk around. Not huge compared to other historical sites around the world but I personally liked it

1  Thank WorldCT
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This is area is known to be one of Dubai's most historical places. With some old building still intact, it is great to visit.

Thank Rashed A
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Bastakiya is full of surprising offers. From nice cafes, to a nice small boutique hotel to art galleries.

1  Thank Niko_dxb
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

It’s a great place to visit when you come to Dubai. It’s very different than the glamorous centre. It’s a glimpse to the past. You can walk around the small streets of old Dubai and then take the little boat to go across (it’s a...More

1  Thank rebeccablue365
Reviewed 29 June 2018

It's a calm and quiet corner of a big city. Suddenly all the noises from traffic dissapear and you find yourself in a quiet narrow strret or a nice art gallery or in a courtyard with birds chirping in the trees. You will find arts...More

Thank 84marinaw
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Ronan R
28 February 2018|
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Response from Grumpybrother | Reviewed this property |
No admission fee and no guide needed. If you want the atmospheric feel then go in the evening and eat at one of the cafes on the water front or take the Abra (water ferry) over to the Deidra side and eat there.
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LilliPilli75
2 March 2015|
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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
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Fahed89
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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.
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