After touring the Dubai Museum and getting the general overview of the history of Dubai, you may then wish to tour the neighborhoods of Dubai featuring individual residences and buildings which were built in years past. Close to the Dubai Museum you will find the Bastakiya neighborhood. The Bastakiya is an area which highlights traditional courtyard houses of Dubai and gives visitors a feel for the true nature and culture of this lovely locale. When touring through the Bastakiya, you will see quaint, narrow roadways and windtowers which exude historical flair.
After walking leisurely through the Bastakiya, head on over to the Souq Al Bastakiya to experience a Dubai market in its true sense of the word. At the Souq Al Bastakiya you will find clothing, art, jewelry and crafts which are both modern and antiquated in nature, providing you with variety and a wide array of choices to suit all of your shopping pleasures. You will also find a number of activities and musical events happening at the Souq Al Bastakiya which are family friendly and entertaining for all. Visiting this market is a wonderful way to see how the past and present collide to form a spectacular market atmosphere.
The Bastakiya neighborhood is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily but the Souq Al Bastakiya is only open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to sunset. If you are visiting the Souq Café, that will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The market area features valet parking on Saturdays during business hours which makes it a bit easier for individuals who drive to the market. If you need more information about the Bastakiya neighborhood or Souq Al Bastakiya, contact some helpful representatives at the Architectural Heritage Department. The phone number to call is 04-3539090 and you will find all of your questions answered regarding the Bastakiya and many other pieces of information as well.