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Experience Old Dubai | Al Bastakiya

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On your route to Al Seef neighborhood, explore the alleyways of Al Bastakiya and its various cultural homes, where you will find an old-fashioned street market environment packed with spice shops, traditional shoemakers, and silk vendors. The trail will lead you all the way to the Abra station, where you may cross the Dubai Creek for only one dirham on your journey to your next destination.

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maya apperley
maya apperley
October 25, 2022
Gorgeous place for an afternoon wander, great atmosphere and it's hard to remember you are in a bustling and vibrant part of Dubai as you roam the tiny ancient looking alleyways.nnThere are many places to just sit and think on comfortable beaches, small fascinating gardens, art work, museums to explore at every turn, and there are welcome shady spots to rest and contemplate which small street to explore next.nnTake pictures and scan the QR codes for more interesting history of the many buildings or just marvel at the history that might have taken place in biblical times in villages just like this all over the middle east.nnThere are restaurants and tea rooms throughout the village and welcoming shop keepers will invite you in to explore their wares, from fridge magnets to hand crafted goods, calligraphy customised just for you to a fascinating coffee museum.nnWe fell in love with this place and will definitely return next year.nnIt's interesting in it's own right but also located conveniently for shopping and the lovely canals of Dubai Creek which are all walking distance from the Heritage Village.
Maya Apperley
Maya Apperley
October 9, 2022
Fascinating slice of old Dubai in the heart of the historic Quarter. Surrounded by modern architecture giving a contrast to the many cultures available in this fascinating destination when you get away from the 'beaten path'nnPerfectly located for a stroll, you can pretend you're lost in it's tiny alleys or sit on a comfortable bench resting from the beating sun under a shaded canopy.nnExplore the various museums and shops, stop off at the coffee museum or get a little shade from the heat in a cool art gallery.nnEverything is just minutes from the Creek, souks or shops.
Khrys Ghunn
Khrys Ghunn
September 6, 2022
Loved it (sans the haggling to buy things but I realize that’s how they do business here at least in the local/historical districts so no hard feelings)! I spent the better part of my morning here and walked around for hours and was sweating so much. I would’ve stayed longer otherwise and the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is right across so lots to see, do and eat - just dress appropriately for the weather (there are no dress codes)! Best part is you can see the Dubai creek and feel the breeze depending on where you are! Great solo trip experience! I went really early in the morning so it wasn’t busy at all and some of the shops/restaurants were not even open.. I think it’ll be great to experience it at night.
Richin R Chandran
Richin R Chandran
May 22, 2022
History is well maintained and protected. It's always great to walk through the past trails. The traditional buildings and architecture is so beautifully kept. It's a must visit place in Dubai. I would prefer to visit here in night time next time.
Sony S
Sony S
January 9, 2022
Certainly a great place to understand architecture, culture and tradition. A must visit to those who like history.nWell set and maintained, all credit to the authorities for creating such a theme and place. Ample parking space.
Nia F
Nia F
December 25, 2021
Definitely a place to add to your itinerary on your visit. We went mid-day and it was very quiet. We were the only in many of the shops. The architecture and public artwork is beautiful. My only regret is not buyung some of the stone jewelry.

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