Saturday, April 10, 2010

Discovering Al Bastakiya

Al Bastakiya the Old Town is a place that I had a chance to visit for the first time this weekend.
Al Bastakiya is on the Bur Dubai side, just on the side of Creek.

When you arrive there, there are plenty of parking spaces available however still the best is to get there by taxi.

By the Creek, there are many different alternatives of dinner cruises. When you park your car, you pass by these cruise boats on the way to Bastakiya. Most of these cruises seem similar except one. Beteaux Dubai. This one looks really nice and fine dining restaurant. It’s now on my list to see.

When it comes to Al Bastakiya, it’s a very unique place with its architecture with its narrow streets, and nice old wooden doors. When you enter its streets, you get the feeling of getting lost in a real old city with history. This is such a feeling you forget when living in Dubai since everything is very new. Moreover when you enter any of these houses which mostly turned into art galleries or cafĂ©’s, they all have small gardens perfect for summer evenings.

I went to Al Bastakiya on Friday afternoon hoping to have galleries open. Unfortunately they were open only from 10am till 5pm. Most galleries are open weekdays from 10am till 7pm. So I need to pay another visit to check out the Majlis Gallery.

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