Taking visitors to a period prior to the invention of electricity and the comforts of air-conditioning old Bastakiya district in Dubai is a breathtaking remnant of the country’s past and heritage. Lined with conventional courtyard households and the cloud gracing wind towers that cooled them this quarter of Old Dubai is one of the country’s most visited corners by no mere coincidence. Renowned for a plethora of ancient structures that display traditional Arabian architectural elements the venue is a history buff’s dream come true in the desert metropolis that is better known for its skyscraping malls and fast paced lifestyle.
Famed as an historic as well as a cultural attraction the Bastakiya district is easily identifiable by its narrow alleyways and lanes that is in turn lined with ancient Arabic households. Located in close proximity to the creek the wind towers which provided much needed ventilation for the homes are located on either side of the body of water. Situated near equally well-known Al Fahidi Fort this large concentration of traditional courtyard houses takes visitors on a sensory trip back in time to a period of Dubai’s history that was as simplistic as it was ideally despite the difficulties encountered due to various environmental factors. A bustling market during its heyday the area was Dubai’s cultural heartland as well. As such, the buildings surrounding the homes have been converted in to informative museums and art galleries showcasing the talent of local painters. Restaurants and other shops are also housed in the historic structures that are now recognized as some of the city’s most eclectic eateries and shopping venues due to the grand nature of the building and the historic district that serves as its backdrop.
The Saturday Market at Bastakiya is another hot pick event at the venue where the handicrafts and other art works of local artists are available for purchase. Camel rides are also available on such days to take visitors around the ancient district in a mode of transport that is as old as time itself. The tranquil and peaceful atmosphere of the Bastakiya District at all hours of the day is another reason behind its surging popularity as it serves as a contrast to the hurried pace of life prevalent in the rest of Dubai city.