When I was still young (and up until now), one of my wildest dreams was to be in two different places at once. It’s a great satisfaction for me to explore old things, as I’m also a bit of sentimental and attached to discovering even small details of how things were built and how a certain place was developed. To tell you the truth, Dubai is a very busy city. This place is not your typical chill-vibe-paradise (not unless you’re a tourist). As this country is growing, the people behind this place are also trying to keep up with all the job duties they need to do and everyone needs to work so we can have something to eat and pay for an expensive rent. For my 10 months stay here in Dubai I admit I’m already getting used to being busy and in a rush. I was looking for something new to explore, something out of the city. Fortunately, they were able to save some old buildings that made Dubai, just Dubai.
Al Bastakiyat (also known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood)
This used to be a village but half was destroyed to make way for a new office complex. Remaining houses were mostly used as warehouses or an accommodation to foreign laborers.The demolition was cancelled because of Prince Charles, thus preserved.The year 2005 the Municipality initiated the restoration of the localty’s old buildings and lanes. Currently Al Bastakiyat holds a museum, an art café, and a place for people who love photography.
Just a tip: It’s best to come during wintertime. (Mid November – Mid April)
Photos by: Angelo W.
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