Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (Arabic: حي الفهيدي التاريخي; also known as Al Bastakiya) is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The construction of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood dates back to the 1890s. In its prime, the locality was capable of 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes. The town of Al Bastakiya was primarily built by the affluent Persian Merchants drawn to Dubai by the rich trade opportunities and incentives offered by the Emerati government, the district was named after the southern Iranian town of Bastak.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 1:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Laura Chestnut | Jan 29, 2018
We were not able to take advantage of any of the center's programming. My 5 stars are based on how pleasant and helpful the staff was in general. There is WIFI, and bathrooms. Their presentation and dining space was beautiful. Thank-you for your general assistance!
K. Ku | Feb 2, 2018
An amazing place to take visitors for their first glimpse of Dubai; before the glitz and glamour, before the camel trekking, dispel any misconceptions they have about the people, the religion and the true heart of this city. The cultural meals are not only a great way to sample Emirati cuisine, they're also educational, eye-opening and an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the local culture. They also have a loyalty program, visit 5+ times and your next visits are free - and if you have constant visitors like I do, you'll make 5 visits in no time!
Oscar Diez | Feb 17, 2018
We did the guided tour in the morning. The guide was good and funny. The main issue was the cost. We paid 400 aed for two adults plus one child and my father of 71 years old. I found this price expensive for the tour itself, that lasted less than 90 minutes. If I knew this in advance, I will not have done it.
David Lundmark | Jan 27, 2018
Excellent experience - a must try if you are new to Dubai. Make sure you arrive early so that you can find a good spot to sit and watch the host as they take you through the history and answer questions from the crowd. Ever had a question about the uae, dubai or Islam? Make sure you ask it here, its an excellent learning opportunity
Nisar Balhro Sindhi | Jan 11, 2018
A nice place to meet Emiratis Attended and enjoyed very much a great lunch on 24. December and an opulent breakfast some days later after a real impressing falcon-experience. Guests were offered a lot of nice food (not hot ;-) and really delicious - from the fresh dates as a "welcome" to the sweets after the tasty main courses) plus coffee, tea and water. Three very friendly ladies and the director answered to questions of the visitors about modern daily life and old traditions. The place was created by Sheik Mohammed in 1998 - and the motto of the institution is "Open doors - open minds". It is is a nice place for visitors to get in touch with "real Emiratis" - outside you mostly find people from Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Philippines etc. living and working in this amazing "miracle of steel and glass" between desert and sea that started with some small houses on the banks of the Creek in ancient times. An "intercultural lunch" (or breakfast) is a very nice experience in the picturesque Al Fahidi neighbourhood near the Creek which is for me "the real attraction" in Dubai. Important: Please make a reservation at least some days before if you want to attend such a meeting.
Julie Miller | Apr 11, 2018
We did the cultural breakfast our first morning in Dubai. I really can't say enough good things about it. From the minute we showed up, the staff are super friendly and helpful. They allowed us to go on the roof to check out the view and recommended where else we can find good views. Since we showed up early, they suggested where we could take a walk so as not to waste time sitting inside and waiting. The breakfast was very informative, with a lead speaker fluent in English and very funny, and several secondary speakers who are there to help with answers and demonstrations. The traditional food was delicious and plentiful, and they even allowed the guests to take leftovers home in the containers they put out. The speakers answered all guest questions without reservation. Definitely go here in the beginning of your trip, (reserve ahead of time; pay there), then walk around the area and take a boat across the creek to the gold and spice souks. It'll be an interesting and productive Dubai morning,
irwan adrose | Mar 19, 2018
Interesting place to learn culture, taste and get to know local food, eating etiquette, local dressing. Very informative session done by the centre, had a wonderful experience. Open concept discussion.
Trishdar Chademana | Apr 12, 2018
A cultural staple that helps you learn more about local traditions, as well as Islam. But it's mostly just an enrapturing cultural experience that is far removed from the concrete, steel and high rises that is the rest of Dubai
Juandré Scheepers | Apr 28, 2018
Great to break away from the lavish, mostly post millennial city, and to appreciate the part of Dubai which brings tribute to the original state of local life.
Bina Parmar | May 15, 2018
The whole experience was mesmerising - the staff, breakfast and the speaker is so knowledgeable, you could ask him anything about UAE. There is always so much to learn about UAE's history and this is a perfect place to start.
Gonzalo Merodio | Jun 1, 2018
Amazing Iftar experiencing the Emirati way. They explain everything about Islam, habits and culture. You can interact, ask questions to a very friendly and knowledgeable people. I highly recommend....food is also good but it is the whole experience which matters.
Irshaad Abdool | May 31, 2018
Really awesome place to learn about the Emirati culture. Had a great time with the friendly hosts and learnt so much. Enjoyed!
Abhie Sharma | Jun 7, 2018
Loved the traditional architecture and how the whole layout seems authentic. Learnt quite a lot from the experience
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