Vintage Beauty & a Vibrant New Romance in Dubai's Bastakiya Quarter

The rush of Bur Dubai neighborhood, replete with endless traffic, giddy neon signs, clustered apartment blocks, and heaving marketplaces, can sometimes feel about as soothing as getting massaged by a professional wrestler. Ironic then that this area should play home to one of the gentlest square acres of space you're likely to come across in a city of a million glitzy ambitions. More ironic still, that such a languorously unpretentious locale should have taken on achingly-cool credentials in a decade when Dubai has only grown taller and flashier.

But then contrasts and contradictions seem to abide quite peacefully within the wonder that is Bastakiya. From antiquated waterside communion to flourishing art commune, the district has really come into its own over the past half-decade or so. And though it may have been rechristened as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, it’s Bastakiya where the aromas of the past and the possibilities for the future reside. A stroll through this town and pit stops at a few of its more prominent (read: endearing) destinations will have you reaching for your cameras to capture its sights.

Siddharth Dasgupta

Siddharth Dasgupta has a thing for character, both in the horizons he seeks and in the stories he pursues. As an Indian poet and novelist who also articulates travel and luxury experiences for a gamut of global publications - Conde Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure and Harper's included - words are at the heart of everything. When Siddharth is not being consumed by a story, black & white photograph...(Read More)

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