Bastakia Quarter (Bur Bastakia) Tours

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South of Dubai Creek, the Bastakia Quarter—aka the Al Fahidi Historic District—is comprised of wind tower (barjeel) houses, courtyards, and lanes dating from the late 1800s when Persian merchants first settled the area. As Dubai’s oldest district, it’s filled with museums and cultural attractions.

The Basics
Named after the south Iran town of Bastak by its Persian settlers, Bastakia is a web of restored mud-and-stone houses, squares, and narrow alleys. Among them are wind tower houses, whose towers circulate breezes around the interiors, plus museums, art galleries, shops, and cafes. Explore for an authentic feel of bygone Dubai, when the city was little more than a small pearl-trading port.
Many city tours that encompass Old Dubai include Bastakia, often as a brief stop after Dubai Museum, in the nearby 19th-century Al Fahidi Fort. Tours devoted to Dubai’s heritage usually incorporate a stroll through Bastakia, while others focus wholly on walking tours around the enclave. Other travelers come here independently to relax and explore.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bastakia is a must for history fans, art buffs, and souvenir hunters keen on uncovering Old Dubai.
  • Opt to explore on a guided walk, as part of a tour, or independently.
  • Bring comfy shoes and sunscreen to browse the lanes and squares.
  • Combine a walk here with a visit to Dubai Museum, located in nearby Al Fahidi Fort.
  • Admission to Bastakia is free, so you can come and go as you wish.
 
How to Get There
Driving to Bastakia isn’t ideal as there’s only limited parking nearby. Cabs are best: Ask for a drop-off where Al Mankhool Road meets Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai. Alternatively, catch the metro or bus to its relevant Al Fahidi stops, or ride an abra water taxi from Deira Old Souk dock to Bur Dubai dock. Bastakia is a 15-minute walk from all three, which may be too much in summer’s heat.

When to Get There
Bastakia is open all day, every day, although its museums and shops follow their own opening times. To enjoy the quarter at its best, visit between 9am and 2pm, Sundays–Thursdays, when the museums and attractions are open. It’s also good for evening strolling, when some cafes are still open and you can admire the creekside sunset.

Tips for Exploring Bastakia
While in Bastakia, you can also visit the Coin Museum, explore the roots of Arabic coffee at the Coffee Museum, or peruse the craft shops and galleries that showcase local artists. Finish with a lemon-and-mint drink—a Dubai classic—at a cafe.
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Address: Al Fahidi Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Afternoon Tour Exploring the City of Dubai

Experience some of Dubai's best-known landmarks during this 7-hour city tour. Check out the quirky gallery scene in Bastakiya Quarter along with the labyrinth of souks and bazaars nearby. You’ll also visit Jumeirah to explore Palm Island, the Burj Al Arab hotel, the Jumeirah Mosque and Jumeirah Beach. Complete your trip with a swing past the Mall of the Emirates, towering Burj Khalifa and more in the city’s downtown. Your trip covers a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
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Ahlan Dubai - Dubai Cultural Private Tour

Delve into the traditional and cultural side of Dubai on this revealing 6-hour tour, including lunch. Traveling with a knowledgeable local guide, go beyond the skyscrapers and visit beautiful Jumeirah Mosque to gain insight into the local religious heritage. Then, dive into the colorful textile stalls of Bur Dubai’s Old Souk as you hear interesting facts about Dubai’s roots as a merchant center. Lastly, take a stroll down the narrow lanes of the historical Al Bastakiya quarter, before finishing with a tasty Emirati lunch in a pretty courtyard restaurant.
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A Glimpse of History on Dubai's Heritage Tour

Delve into Dubai’s cultural, royal and trading history on a 4-hour heritage tour. Travel with an expert guide into the historical Al Bastakiya quarter, where mud-brick wind towers line the narrow lanes. Hear about this traditional architecture and explore Dubai’s past at the Dubai Museum, Old Souk and Sheikh Saeed House, once home to the sheikh, who ruled Dubai in the early 20th century. Lastly, visit the Dubai Heritage and Diving Village where rustic-style houses and workshops showcase the lifestyles, culture and trades of yesteryear, including pearl diving and fishing.
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Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover the best of Dubai on a half-day Dubai sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Traveling by comfortable coach or minivan, take in Dubai’s top landmarks as you absorb the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Snap photos of the Burj Al-Arab, the sail-shaped hotel on its own artificial island; venture into the traditional Al Bastakiya district, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, and much more. Sign off with a visit to the Deira Spice Souk and free time to explore the brilliant Gold Souk. Dubai sightseeing at its easiest and best!
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Private Tour: Dubai City Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore Dubai’s old and newest sights on a 4.5-hour Dubai private tour. With a private guide, travel by air-conditioned minivan between the city’s must-see sights. Admire top Dubai attractions such as Jumeirah Mosque and the iconic Burj Al-Arab, visit historical Al Bastakiya with its wind-tower houses, and head inside Dubai Museum to trace the city’s history. Lastly, cross Dubai Creek on a traditional ‘abra’ water taxi, and explore the Spice Souk and Gold Souk as your guide provides commentary.
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Dubai Museum Gold Souk and Water Taxi

Explore Dubai’s old neighborhoods, including its traditional bazaars and souks, on this unique 4-hour tour. Visit the small Bastakiya quarter, full of merchant houses, art galleries, cafés and boutique hotels. Discover the Dubai Museum, located in the oldest existing building in Dubai. Then take a water taxi across Dubai Creek to the Spice Market and Gold Souk. Visit the Women’s Museum, watch a private fashion show, take pictures outside Jumeirah Mosque and drive by the luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel. Entrance fees plus a hotel or port pickup and drop-off included.
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Dubai Heritage History Culture and Shopping Tour Including Dubai Museum

Without a guide, forays into old Dubai could leave you with only a superficial understanding of its culture and history. Get under the city’s skin with this walking tour of the neighborhoods around Dubai Creek. Shop at souks, uncover Dubai’s heritage at Dubai Museum, see the wind towers of Al Bastakiya, and sail on the creek. Museum entry, a boat ride, and coffee are included for an all-inclusive experience.
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Cultural Tour of the Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya District in Authentic Old Dubai

Spend 1.5 hours following an expert guide through one of Dubai's oldest neighborhoods on this Al Fahidi Al Bastakiya Historical District tour. You'll visit the Ruler's Court Mosque, sample Arabic coffee, sit inside an original wind-tower house dating back to the 19th century and gain an insider's look into the culture and traditions of this incredible destination.
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Dubai City Tour With Dhow Cruise Dinner

Discover the best of Dubai and see its illuminated sights from the water on this 7-hour tour and dinner cruise. Hear fun facts about the city and enjoy photo stops at must-sees such as the Burj Al Arab, man-made Palm Jumeirah and historical Al Bastakiya quarter. After an ‘abra’ water taxi ride and time at the vibrant Spice Souk and Gold Souk, enjoy a romantic evening cruise on Dubai Creek. Step aboard a traditional wooden ‘dhow’ boat, and admire the city lights as you savor a delicious onboard buffet dinner.
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Dubai Private Discovery Tour and Seaplane Tour

See Dubai by air and land on a 5-hour seaplane flight and city tour combo. Board a seaplane and enjoy a 40-minute sightseeing flight, with water take-off and landing. Gaze down at top Dubai attractions including the Burj Al-Arab and Palm Jumeirah, and see The World archipelago from above. Back on land, enjoy a city tour with a professional guide. Visit Dubai Museum, ride an ‘abra’ water taxi across Dubai Creek, explore souks, and sip coffee at the Burj Khalifa. Numbers are limited to nine for a more personalized experience.
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Dubai City Tour

Get oriented with Dubai on a city tour that takes in both historical and modern sights. With a guide, you’ll be introduced to an array of attractions, from skyscrapers to souks, including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, Bastakiya, Palm Island and downtown Dubai. Plus, enjoy a water taxi ride and browse the Gold Souk.
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Golden Dubai Tour With Dhow Dinner Cruise Combo

See Dubai from two angles on a great-value sightseeing tour and Arabian ‘dhow’ boat dinner cruise combo. With an expert guide, see Dubai’s famous attractions, including the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Mosque. Chart the city’s history at Dubai Museum and ride an ‘abra’ water taxi to explore the Spice and Gold Souks. Next, stroll along Dubai Creek and board a beautiful dhow for an evening cruise. Sit back, savor a delectable buffet dinner and watch the bright lights, souks and mosques slip by as you dine and relax.
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Viator Exclusive: Desert Sunrise and Spa Experience From Dubai

Ideal for first-time visitors, this 9-hour tour showcases the best of Dubai’s culture, cuisine, and natural landscapes — plus, it’s a Viator Exclusive package that can’t be booked anywhere else. During a desert safari in a 4x4 vehicle, you’ll witness an enchanting sunrise before exploring the Batsakia Quarter, known as 'Old Dubai,' and eating a traditional Arabian breakfast. Absorb the lively atmosphere of Souk Al Kabeer market and then soothe mind, body, and soul during a Turkish Hamman spa experience. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  
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Dubai Must See City Tour

Perfect for first-time visitors, this 4-hour panoramic Dubai sightseeing tour shows you the city’s highlights by minibus or coach. Aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, view the top landmarks of old and new, downtown Dubai including the picturesque wind towers of the old Al Bastakiya quarter, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, the skyscrapers of Dubai Marina, and the spectacular Burj Khalifa. As you tour, learn about the city’s history, contemporary architecture and cultural heritage via the onboard commentary from your guide.
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Private Tour: Secrets of Arabia

Delve into Dubai’s cultural, culinary and architectural secrets on this private 5.5-hour afternoon and evening walking tour. With an informative local guide, visit a beautiful, 19th-century pearl merchant’s house and learn about early education in the emirate at the Al Ahmadia School museum. Then, explore the narrow lanes of the charming Al Bastakiya district, seeing its wind towers and courtyards. Be introduced to the basics of the Islamic religion at a mosque courtyard, and finish with a sumptuous Arabian dinner in the enchanting setting of a stylishly restored Bastakiya house.
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