A tour of Bastakiya
Bastakiya is made up of ancient houses with interior patios that have been reformed to show the splendor of past times.
Beautiful ancient windcatchers line the narrow streets, channeling the air towards the houses to ventilate them.
In grand buildings which were once the lavish homes of rich merchants, now stand shops, art galleries, and cozy cafes, making this a lovely area in which to get lost.
Bastakiya has a cultural center (Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding), designed to bring tourists closer to the emirate world.
There are organized tours, normally given in English, which will take you to Bastakiya, Jumeirah Mosque, the markets, and even let you taste a traditional tea as you hear all about this fascinating district.