Dubai is a city which is often regarded as a luxury destination,  with breathtaking natural landscape blended with modern man-made architecture. But this emirate is not only about those dazzling malls or tall skyscrapers, but there is still one corner which shows the existence of it’s Bedouins traditions in the heart of Al Fahidi area.

We decided to go for a quick Photowalk and glance inside the history of Dubai, exploring its old neighborhoods. We started our Photowalk from Al Bastakiya district, which is located in Al Fahidi area. Bastakiya is an old quarter of Dubai and is easily accessible from creek side.

This historic quarter is quite an interesting place to visit, especially if you love to see the real Arabic architecture. The narrow alleys are lined up with cafes, shops  & some art galleries. The murals & calligraphy on the walls adds more contrast to this place.

Spice cart & Murals on wall make this area more authentic

Spice cart & Murals on wall make this area more authentic

This alley is lined up with various shops like carpet, Arabic perfume, spices & more

This alley is lined up with various shops like carpet, Arabic perfume, spices & more

Wind towers make this place looks like from Aladdin

Windtowers make this place looks like from Aladdin

We went on Friday so unfortunately the Museum were closed

We went on Friday so unfortunately the Museum were closed

This is one of the most beautiful mosque I have seen this area

This is one of the most beautiful mosque I have seen this area

Bedouins tent & Arabic jars, it will surely take you back in old time

Bedouins tent & Arabic jars, it will surely take you back in old time

 

After a quick Photowalk in Al Bastakiya, we proceeded to  Al Fahidi Fort,  which is also known as ‘ Dubai Museum’.  Dubai Museum is surely worth a visit which exhibits the transformation of Dubai from being a port city to the modernization till date.

Dubai Museum at Night (Al Fahidi fort)

Dubai Museum at Night (Al Fahidi fort)

Display of old wooden boats

Display of old wooden boats

Herb & Spice shop, it is how use to be

 

How to reach:

  1. The Nearest metro station is Al Fahidi station (Green Line). With just 5-10 mins walking, you will reach Al Bastakiya.
  2. If you plan to come from Gold/spice souk area, take an Abra ride to Bastakiya.

Important Tip:

  1. For Museum and Art gallery lover, visiting during working hours from Sunday to Thursday is advisable.
  2. Al Bastakiya holds a craft market on every first Saturday of the month, made by local craftsman and artists. You should surely not miss that.
  3. Taking an Abra ride is strongly recommended. It will give you the feel of old Dubai.