Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood
Al Fahidi neighbourhood, previously known as Bastakiya, is an area built around
Dubai’s creek which is turned into a tourist attraction since 2005. It is at a short walking
distance from Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum – it is a must-visit place in Dubai.
Beautiful and tranquil Al Fahidi area is known for its famous wind towers, for the narrow
winding roads and houses built in the old style, gorgeous courtyards, art galleries and
secluded restaurants. The significant artistic event Sikka Art Fair takes place in Al Fahidi
For some visitors Al Fahidi (former Bastakiya) is a place too quiet for their taste, but to
me it’s the heart of Dubai and it’s the kind of place I like…secluded, tranquil and artistic.
So you should set your expectations on a different mode when you go visit Al Fahidi
Historical Neighbourhood, this place is far from Dubai downtown or JBR’s noise and crowd.
Here time passes slowly. You can easily spend the whole afternoon strolling round small
streets and colorful (mostly souvenir) shops, sipping arabic tea or coffee in one of the restaurants,
gallery hopping or just reading a book without being distracted by the hectic world outside
the Al Fahidi walls.
There are some gems to be found in Al Fahidi:
art lovers alike.
escape busy Dubai.
XVA cafe and Arabian Tea House Cafe (formerly Basta Arts Cafe) ideal for a relaxed lunch
If you want to visit this little treasure you’d better hurry before summer heat strikes again.
The Dubai summer sun is not a best friend of this outdoor area.
Once there, take your time…
..Dubai Museum ..Sikka Art Fair ..The Majlis Gallery in Al Fahidi ..XVA ..Orient guesthouse