Bastakiya (old Dubai)

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Bastakiya (old Dubai)

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, also known as Al Bastakia is an old ruin worthy town that will send culture lovers into a fine tizzy. While here, you can roll down the sandy lanes to the modern white mosque, noting the splendid architectural details of the grand gypsum, coral, and limestone buildings and marvel at the carved wooden doors with brass knockers and the intricate gates that adorn every building here.

Take a stroll upstairs for the incredible view of Bastakia rooftops and take a good long look at the wind towers. This traditional form of air-conditioning, constructed to funnel cool air into the house, was an architectural series of buildings in southern Iran. The vicinity offers some major attractions in Dubai like Ave gallery, XVA gallery, Old city wall, Sheikh Muhammed Centre for cultural understanding and much more.

Al Bastakiya consist of several places which include:

Mawaheb Gallery

Mawaheb meaning in Arabic is an art studio.

Arabian Tea House Café

The café is designed keeping in view the old heritage of Dubai people. It present the traditional Arabic food.

XVA Gallery

Established in 2003, XVA Gallery is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East that specialise in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran and the Subcontinent. Our exhibitions focus on works by the region's foremost artists as well as those emerging onto the scene.

Sheikh Muhammad Center for Cultural Understanding

It is a non-profit organization. The purpose of creating this organization was to establish a relationship of culture between the people of Dubai.

Coffee Museum

The Museum consist of two floors. On ground floor different roasting and brewing style are demonstrated live. On the second floor there are history books area relates to coffee.

Make Art Café

This art café is opened in November 2015, the MAKE Art Café runs its operations from the courtyard of a charming heritage villa in one of the most attractive heritage areas in the UAE.

Tours and sightseeing

Dubai City Tour Old Town, Abra Taxi Boat, Creek, Museums & Souks
Aladdin Walking Tour in Dubai City
Old Dubai Heritage Walking Tour with Guide - Private Tour
Dubai Sights, Street Food, Souqs & History.
Discover the Magic of Old Dubai by Walking Tour with Guide
Guided Tour of Old Dubai, Creek, Tastings & Spices experience
Explore Old Dubai Town on Land and Sea Amphibious Tour with guide
Dubai City Tour in Wonder Bus Sea and Land Adventure Guided Tour

Ticket Price

Ticket price for Bastakiya entry is free.

Travel Tips for Dubai

Best Time To Visit In Dubai: The best time to visit Dubai is from November to March when the weather is pleasant and is most suitable for all kinds of outdoor activities. The Dubai Shopping Festival is also held during January and February, making it an exciting time for visitors. Dubai's high season is from November to April. This is when temperatures are at their most enjoyable, but you can expect higher costs for accommodation and more people at the city's main attractions as a result.



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About United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates located in the Middle East, known for its modern infrastructure, diverse culture, and thriving economy. With its iconic skyline, bustling cities, and vast desert landscapes, the UAE is a popular destination for tourists and expatriates alike.

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Contact Information

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Al Seef Street, Bur Dubai, Al Souk Al Kabeer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Is there an entrance fee for Bastakiya Dubai?

There is no general entry fee, but some attractions will require an entry fee.

What is the bastakiya and one of the old houses?

Bastakiya, also called Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, is a preserved quarter of old houses standings as the last remaining specimens of Dubai's bygone days. Today, they are full of miniature museums, art galleries, cafes, and guest houses that tell stories from history and cultural heritage.

When was Al Bastakiya built?

The town of Al Bastakiya was primarily built in the 1890s by Persian merchant immigrants from a town called Bastakiya in Iran. Fleeing persecution in their native homeland, these merchants settled in the area, encouraged by tax breaks and other incentives offered in the region.

What is Al Bastakiya known for?

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.

How old is Bastakiya?

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (Arabic: حي الفهيدي التاريخي; also known as Al Bastakiya) is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The construction of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood dates back to the 1890s.