Bastakia Quarter, Dubai

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    Bastakia Quarter

    by sue_stone Written Jan 7, 2008

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    For a glimpse of old Dubai, take a wander through the atmospheric lanes of the Bastakia Quarter. This area was built in the late 19th century by Persian merchants, and these days the buildings have been beautifully restored and are now part of a conservation area.

    The Bastakia Quarter is home to the largest concentration of traditional wind-tower houses. The wind-towers were not only decorative, but were an ingenious means of cooling houses in the days before electricity, as they funnel cool air down into the house. The typical homes are two stories, with a central courtyard that most of the rooms open onto. They are fairly plain on the outside, but look out for the carved wooden doors and decorative panels on the wealthier merchants homes.

    The are a few interesting galleries in the area, and if you need a break and want to have a look inside the courtyard of one of the traditional homes, head to the Basta Art Café, where you can relax with a drink or a meal in the shady courtyard.

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    Bastakiah Nights

    by Rinjani Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Yes, I know, I should include this tip under Restaurant, but Bastakiah Nights offers more than food.
    It's great to visit Bastakiyah Nights at evening time, since the light will create strong exotic Arabic atmoshphere. Bastakiyah Nights is a restored heritage building and the creative owner opens the restaurant with the breathaking atmosphere for people to enjoy the taste of interior design combined with the great food.

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    Bastakiya and the Al Barajeel

    by Quero Written Nov 15, 2004

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    In the Bur Dubai area districts like Bastakiya are living reminders of Old Dubai. The narrow passageways with their tall wind towers (al barajeel) are evocative of a time when both sides of Dubai Creek were lined with low buildings in the shelter of higher wind towers. These are not simply decorative elements of a bygone architectural style. These towers are capable of trapping the slightest breeze and funneling it down into the dwelling below.

    They work by partitioning the open shaft of the tower vertically from corner to corner, forming four triangular chimneys. As the breeze enters the open top of the tower, it is directed downward into the house. Pretty cool, eh?

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  • Houses with Wind Towers in Bastikiya

    by najamrulz Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    Bastikiya is the area where you can see old houses with wind towers used for air-conditioning. These houses have been carefully restored for tourists. Many tourists visit this area adjacent to Dubai Museum and take photographs of these old houses.

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    The Bastakia Quarter- Traditional Dubai

    by Nemoa Updated Feb 13, 2005

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    It is called like this because its houses used to be the homes to wealthy merchants that mostly came from Bastak District, in Southern Iran.
    It features nice houses with very good examples of wind towers and nice antique carved doors in some on them.

    All of them are,of course, restaured. They do not look this good. And some of them have been converted into galleries, a small coffee shop or even residetial houses.

    I visited during the night and although it might look a bit isolated and lonely the light is beautiful and it has a bit of a special soul.
    Pics happen to look beautiful too!

    Worth to pay a visit.

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    Take a stroll in the Bastakiya Quarter

    by xuessium Updated Feb 9, 2008

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    With its labyrinthine lanes lined with traditional wind-tower architecture, the old Bastakiya Quarter on the waterfront east of Bur Dubai Souk is a wonderful place to spend some time in....especially for historical and architectural buffs. And for folks who loves photography, this is one great place to catch shadows and contrasts and play with lines and curves.

    The entire area is immaculately clean and orderly. It is so immaculate that it was one of those place you wouldn't want to shatter the uppity image. Since being restored, the Quarter is now home to swanky restaurants, lawyer firms, societies, art galleries and fanciful boutique hotels. Yes, I have heard criticisms that the old soul of the place had been lost but coming in with no historical baggage, I found myself enjoying the place immensely. '

    The winding lanes were drawing wind in so the place was lovingly cool and breezy. At 5pm in the day, it was strangely devoid of other tourists and mercifully quiet and serene. I had spots all to myself and that wasn't always easily available in Dubai!

    I found myself visiting various places in the Quarter. I checked out art exhibitions in the swanky XVA Hotel and took a most wonderful exploration of another restored windtower building, courtesy of the home of the Architectural Heritage Society.

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    Bastakiya - A taste of old Dubai's architecture

    by kuwait_david Written Nov 24, 2005

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    If you are interested in seeing what Dubai looked like before the invasion of the skyscrapers go to Bastakiya where a few streets of old Dubai architecture has been built / restored. Each time you turn a corner you may find a coffee shop or a gallery, an intriguing shop, an old doorway and other views which give a glimpst to a era long passed in Dubai.

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    Wind Towers

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Before modern day air-conditioning was invented, wind towers were built on top of houses whereby cool air was funnelled down into the house and warm air rose out (known as simple convection process). Some of the wind towers can be found on the old tradional merchant houses in the newly renovated Bastakia district which lies just south of the Dubai Museum.

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    Bastakiah

    by Airpunk Written Dec 15, 2007

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    This is one of the oldest parts of Dubai and has maintained some of its original character. It is a peaceful place with many old villas. Now, they are used mainly by organisations and associations as office buildings. This makes Bastakiah very quiet, even during daytime. Take it as a contrast program to the souk strolls and enjoy the different atmosphere. But sometimes, tradition comes back to life when there’s some event going on or a big “Bastakiah Nights” party is taking place.
    In Bastakiah, you’ll also find the only remaining piece of the old Dubai city wall.

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    Bastakia Quarter

    by Willettsworld Written Jan 1, 2006

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    This area near the creek waterfront is one of the oldest to still remain in Dubai. It features a number of traditional old merchant houses that were built at the turn of the 20th century for wealthy Persian merchants lured to Dubai by it's relaxed trade tariffs. Most came from the Bastak district in what is now southern Iran, hence the name Bastakia.

    The quarter has undergone recent renovation and has now been declared a conservation area. As you walk around the narrow streets you will notice the traditional wind towers which act to cool the houses. Also you will notice that the houses still contain their original carved wooden doors.

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    The wind towers

    by call_me_rhia Written Nov 15, 2005

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    Wind towers are amazingly functional old building tzpical of the Gulf region. In Dubai you can find the finest examples on the Bastakia area, but some can also be found in the old souk area.

    Wind towers are houses shaped like towers and open on all sides above the rooftop, so that the wind can breeze in, funnel into a room below and keep the house cool. Basically it functions like a primitive, but very effective, natural air-conditioning system: the cool air comesin, the warm air goes out.

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    The Bastakiya Area

    by IreneMcKay Written Dec 27, 2011

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    The Bastakiya area is another place to see traditional Arab architecture. There are some museums and heritage houses to visit. There are also restaurants and guest houses. It is worth having a wander around. It is very close to the Dubai Museum. Nearest metro Al Fahdi or walk from the Old Souq abra station.

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    Bastakiya

    by zuyao Written Apr 10, 2007

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    This old heritage district is home to a large concentration of traditional Arabic courtyard homes with wind tunnels. Wander around the narrow alleys and marvel at the beauty of the old architecture – wind tunnels, wooden doors, quiet courtyards etc. The place is pretty quiet in the daytime and is nicer to wander around then and soak up to the Arabic feel.

    Bastakiya is situated just by the Creek and is within walking distance from Dubai Museum and Textile Souq.

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    Bastakiya

    by xiquinho Written Dec 29, 2007

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    Head back through the ages by taking a tour of the Bastakiya district. The oldest part of the city, the area contains the best preserved examples of the old wind towers that were once used all over Dubai to keep the local houses cool. They would funnel any breeze down into the building in the earliest form of air-conditioning. It is an atmospheric place of great historical interest. A museum, art gallery and cultural centre offer further attractions but most people enjoy merely wandering the streets of the district soaking up the ambience of old Dubai.

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    Dubai's Old Quarter

    by machomikemd Written Aug 1, 2013

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    The Bastakiya Quarter in Dubai Old Town in Dubai is where you can find traditional emirati houses, shops, wind towers, the Grand Mosque, Souks, 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

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