Bastakia Quarter

Bastakia Quarter information

Dh50, reservations advised
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Traffic noise fades to a quiet hum in the labyrinthine lanes of the historic Bastakia Quarter, Dubai’s old town. Here you’ll find restored wind-tower houses that were built nearly a century ago by wealthy pearl and textile merchants from Persia. Typical houses are two storeys high, with a central courtyard surrounded by rooms, and decorative arches featuring intricate carvings. Despite their comparatively plain facades, the houses have wonderful carved wooden doors, crenulations, carved grilles and stucco panels.

The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding operates guided Bastakia walking tours at 10am on Sunday and Thursday . However, the compact area is also easily explored on an aimless wander, although you may go around in a few circles, but that’s just part of the fun! There is a handful of galleries and craft shops here, as well as the admirable Mawaheb from Beautiful People , an art studio for people with special needs.