Historic Bastakiya

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Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai

7 Stops

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3 Hours

(1 customer review)

ABOUT THE TOUR

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Kashmir Artistic Heritage
This small shop is super cool for some unique and handcrafted items. Here you can buy the Ney - the Arabian flute - or try playing some tunes on it. You can also buy some traditional, handmade, Iranian carpets. Be sure to ask one of the kind and friendly staff members to demonstrate how they operate the old carpet-making-machine to arrive at the creative and colorful end products.
Coffee Museum Dubai Best Cafe Arabic Coffee
Coffee Museum
Coffee junkies this place is for you! Become a coffee connoisseur who would forever be too good for a cup of Starbucks after experiencing all the regional and international coffees at this Museum. Find out about the history of Arabic, Turkish, Ethiopian, Japanese Kenyan and even Jamaican beans, while comfortably seated in the museum’s cosy Majilis.
XVA Gallery Dubai Bastakiya
XVA Art Gallery
Hit up XVA art gallery—one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the Middle East and a quaint and cultured gem in this area. It features both well-established and up-and-coming local artists, who aim to challenge viewers’ stereotypes of Dubai. This stop is worth visiting for a genuine understanding of Dubai’s contemporary art scene and for a relaxing, artsy experience.
Street Art Dubai
Street Art | Bastakiya
If you have not noticed yet, this place is filled with Street Art. Keep an eye out for these truly creative murals as you stroll through the mazy alleyways.
Guide through Bastakiya
Rooftop Vibes | Bastakiya
Who doesn’t like a good rooftop view? Luckily, we located the best one in Al Bastakiya for you. Catch the perfect aerial view of this district, take in its exclusive, traditional architecture and take some cool photos.
Arabian Tea House Restaurant Dubai Bastakiya
Arabian Tea House
The main goal of the Arabian Tea House is to give you a feel for the proper Emirati life. From the moment you enter, you will be surrounded by pictures and artworks which reflect the life of the local people. The Arabic tunes will provide the perfect background to your mezze and karak tea. It is open from 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM which makes it a good stop for breakfast, dinner and everything in-between.
Ustadi kebab Dubai
Al Ustad Restaurant
This little Iranian restaurant is one of our top recommendations. It has been serving the community since 1978. Why we love it? Simply put—amazing food, affordable prices and a décor which gives a historical account of the restaurant and Bastakiya over the years. Also, if you just happen to need a an exclusive licence place, you’re at the right place.

TOUR DETAILS

SUMMARY

Thoughts of Dubai typically muster up scenes of luxurious yachts navigating from one man-made island to another and enthralling skyscrapers garnishing its clear skies. But, Dubai’s beginnings were much more humble. Bedouin people invested in livestock, fishing farming, pearl diving and pearl trading and was merely a pit stop for international trade routes like the Silk Road to China and the British Spice Route to India. It is this trade, which began at the Creek, that paved the way for Dubai’s future.Learn all about Dubai in the early 19th century at Al Bastakiya; as well as its evolution to a more contemporary scene through exploring the stops on this tour, all while appreciating the traditional wind tower architecture in the area and keeping an eye out for the many street art murals.You can take the green line to Al Fahidi metro station or take an Abra from Dubai’s Creek – to Al Bastakiya quarter – the oldest residential area in the city – where you must explore Dubai’s memories before the tourism boom, the discovery of oil or the union of the seven Emirates.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

This tour is completely free! Self-experience this tour just like a local using stop-by-stop navigation, video guidance and get discounts along the way.

PREPARATION BEFORE THE TOUR

Comfortable shoes, camera, eagerness to explore and cash for refreshments!
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kashmir heritage dubai Bastakiya
Stop 1
Kashmir Artistic Heritage
This small shop is super cool for some unique and handcrafted items. Here you can buy the Ney - the Arabian flute - or try playing some tunes on it. You can also buy some traditional, handmade, Iranian carpets. Be sure to ask one of the kind and friendly staff members to demonstrate how they operate the old carpet-making-machine to arrive at the creative and colorful end products.
Stop 1
Coffee Museum Dubai Best Cafe Arabic Coffee
Stop 2
Coffee Museum
Coffee junkies this place is for you! Become a coffee connoisseur who would forever be too good for a cup of Starbucks after experiencing all the regional and international coffees at this Museum. Find out about the history of Arabic, Turkish, Ethiopian, Japanese Kenyan and even Jamaican beans, while comfortably seated in the museum’s cosy Majilis.
Stop 2
XVA Gallery Dubai Bastakiya
Stop 3
XVA Art Gallery
Hit up XVA art gallery—one of the leading contemporary art galleries in the Middle East and a quaint and cultured gem in this area. It features both well-established and up-and-coming local artists, who aim to challenge viewers’ stereotypes of Dubai. This stop is worth visiting for a genuine understanding of Dubai’s contemporary art scene and for a relaxing, artsy experience.
Stop 3
Street Art Dubai
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Street Art | Bastakiya
If you have not noticed yet, this place is filled with Street Art. Keep an eye out for these truly creative murals as you stroll through the mazy alleyways.
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Guide through Bastakiya
Stop 5
Rooftop Vibes | Bastakiya
Who doesn’t like a good rooftop view? Luckily, we located the best one in Al Bastakiya for you. Catch the perfect aerial view of this district, take in its exclusive, traditional architecture and take some cool photos.
Stop 5
Arabian Tea House Restaurant Dubai Bastakiya
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Arabian Tea House
The main goal of the Arabian Tea House is to give you a feel for the proper Emirati life. From the moment you enter, you will be surrounded by pictures and artworks which reflect the life of the local people. The Arabic tunes will provide the perfect background to your mezze and karak tea. It is open from 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM which makes it a good stop for breakfast, dinner and everything in-between.
Stop 6
Ustadi kebab Dubai
Stop 7
Al Ustad Restaurant
This little Iranian restaurant is one of our top recommendations. It has been serving the community since 1978. Why we love it? Simply put—amazing food, affordable prices and a décor which gives a historical account of the restaurant and Bastakiya over the years. Also, if you just happen to need a an exclusive licence place, you’re at the right place.
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REVIEWS

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Discover the Oldest District of Dubai – Bastakiya – and experience UAE’s History, Culture and Art Scene.

Learn all about Dubai in the early 19th century at Al Bastakiya; as well as its evolution to a more contemporary scene through exploring the stops on this tour, all while appreciating the traditional wind tower architecture in the area and keeping an eye out for the many street art murals.

Al Bastakiya, AKA Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a place that reeks of the good old days. Originally, it was built for sixty housing units in the1890’s. Almost one hundred years later, Bastakiya was ordered to be demolished. British architect Rayne Otter started the renovation of Bastakiya and involved Prince Charles to help with the preservation of the complex. The Prince of England however, openly suggested that Bastakiya should remain as is. This stopped the demolition plans, making it available for you to experience one of the oldest districts of Dubai.

Dubai’s Municipality recently took over to restore and renovate the entire area, giving it a unique vibe and adding some contemporary touches such as street art.  Al Bastakiya quarter – the oldest residential area in the city – where you must explore Dubai’s memories before the tourism boom, the discovery of oil or the union of the seven Emirates.

You can take the green line to Al Fahidi metro station or take an Abra from Dubai’s Creek – to Al Bastakiya quarter – the oldest residential area in the city – where you must explore Dubai’s memories before the tourism boom, the discovery of oil or the union of the seven Emirates.

Some amazing places within Bastakiya are Kashmir Artistic Heritage, XVA Art Gallery, Coffee Museum and it’s public rooftops.

1 review for Historic Bastakiya

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    Excellent tour through Bastakiya.

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