On my second day in Dubai, I went on a private tour around the city that I booked through travel agency, I Can Fly. The tour lasted around 4 to 5 hours and included most of Dubai’s tourist spots that are located around the city center. I promise to tell you more about it on my next post. But for now, let me share with you my OOTD photos taken at the beautiful Al Fahidi Historical District or Al Bastakiya.
The Bastakiya quarter is the last stop of the city tour so I can definitely say they saved the best for last. It’s a welcome scenery, considering Dubai’s relentless drive to becoming one of the most modern cities in the world. In fact, if not for Prince Charles’ visit to Al Bastakiya upon the suggestion of British architect Rayner Otter and his recommendation to preserve the district, what’s left of Al Bastakiya would’ve been demolished by now. What a waste that would’ve been! Currently, Al Bastakiya is one of Dubai’s oldest heritage sites and one of the few places in Dubai that harks back to a bygone era. It was established during the 1890s by well-to-do textile and pearl traders from Bastak, Iran so most of the structures here still have their trademark high walls to ensure the wealthy families’ privacy. Inside lie beautiful courtyards that are cooled down by wind towers built atop the high walls (to serve as an early air conditioning technique). Now though, most of these houses have been converted into boutique hotels, cafés, art galleries and quirky little shops–all of which maintained their old world charm but infused it with more character and flavor. Surely, it’s not difficult to see why this is my favorite stop of the tour. It’s a great place to get lost in. And trust me, there’s a high chance you’ll literally lose your way around this mini maze of narrow streets and towering walls. But at least, you’re lost in a picturesque melting pot of art, culture and history. Not to mention, food here is awesome! My tourist guide practically had to drag me away from this place!
More of Bastakiya on my next post!
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