Bastakia (Old Dubai)
The Bastakiya Quarter in Dubai Old Town in Dubai is where you can find traditional Emirati houses, shops, wind towers, the Grand Mosque, Souks, and the Center for Cultural Understanding Tour House and just beside it is the Al Fahidi Fort. You should also see the area from the Dubai Creek along the Dhow Cruises at Night as it casts a beautiful glow too. Established at the end of the 19th century by well-to-do textile and pearl traders from Bastak, Iran, its labyrinthine lanes are lined with restored merchant’s houses, art galleries, cafés, and boutique hotels. It is not included in the traditional city tours of dubai but you can take the Big Bus Tour and it drops you at the Al Fahidi Fort and just a 3 minute walk and you will enter this ancient quarter and can buy souvenirs at the Old Souk. You can also reach the area by waterbus from the Dubai Old Souk dock or by metro from the Al Fahidi station.