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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).
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Reviewed 14 June 2019

Its name is associated with the early settlers from Bastak in Persia, who having fled their homeland due to religious persecutation were offered several incentives by the Emerati Government. It does remind one of Iran mostly because of the Wind Towers and some of the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Iolanda A
Reviewed 6 June 2019

Early construction dates to the 1890's when the area was settled by immigrants from Persia who were fleeing religious persecution. Unfortunately a large section of Quarter was destroyed to facilitate construction of an office complex in the 1980's. In 1989 it was decided by the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank Dan L
Reviewed 11 May 2019 via mobile

A quarter to discover through a peaceful walk among the ancien streets full of lovely little shops, art spots, restaurants and ancient buildings that give you the inspiration of the old Dubai. Very well restructured, clean, charming, it is an attraction itself. It is ar...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank xmassss
Reviewed 11 April 2019

The quarters are located towards the opposite side of the Old Souk....i.e. towards Bur Dubai; You have to cross the creek using a ferry. Very pleasant environment....and a paradise for photo-enthusiasts. It is accessible for tourists with physical limitations.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MalabS1
Reviewed 7 March 2019

This is a typical old quarter, but as such it is a very nice change from the modern, high-rise, crowded, noisy streets of Dubai. It is certainly worth a morning or afternoon of wandering the streets and enjoying the different pace of the old world.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Q3609PTjohnc
Reviewed 5 March 2019

This district is the typical part of the old town of Dubai. Don' t miss a walk in Bastakia...the quarter is been renovated ...you can find a lot of souvenir shops, bar...also the museum is near the district.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Patrizia E
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Myself and my husband spent a day wandering the old section of Dubai. This area is lovely to walk around and take in the old culture, shops and cafes. The only down fall is that it isn’t the easiest to find! You can get a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank rosef654
Reviewed 12 January 2019

Been coning here for over 12 years and seen it grow so beautifully..adhering to the feeling you have stepped back in time yet always clean, nice smells, and a mix of tradition with modern. Enjoy some of the art galleries here including XVA Gallery where...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank lajolla1
Reviewed 17 December 2018 via mobile

Quiet place. You can have a walk and visit the different buildings. Do not forget to bring umbrella with you. A few shops were open and mostly craft products.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ritesh_Boochia
Reviewed 16 December 2018

Dubai is full of man-made and beautifully constructed state of the art buildings and lavish surroundings. We wanted to get a different picture of Dubai, one with a little history. The Bastakia Quarter was that indeed. It is meant for tourists, but I am a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Daniel A
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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.
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 Mark W | 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.