Bastakia Quarter

The Bastakia Quarter in Bur Dubai is one of the city’s most picturesque heritage sites. It was built in the late 19th century by Persian merchants attracted to the city by its relaxed trade tariffs and takes it name from the town of Bastak in southern Iran.

The area has been declared a conservation area and its narrow alleys pedestrianised.

Traditional Arabic architecture at the Bastakia Quarter in Dubai

Many of the restored buildings here feature wind towers, an early but effective form of air-conditioning. Some are private homes, but many are open to the public. These include:

  • Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
  • Dubai Museum
  • Arabian Tea House (formerly Basta Art Café) – Popular courtyard café.
  • Majlis Gallery – Features the work of local and international artists.
  • Ostra – Gallery specialising in contemporary art and sculpture.
  • XVA – Small guesthouse and art gallery.


Click here for a detailed map showing all points of interest.


Bastakia Quarter

Bur Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Nearest Metro Station(s): Al Fahidi

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. Fell in love with Basta Art Cafe. Efficient service, the food portion was generous, and I loved the garden feel of it all.

  2. I love Basta Art Cafe! It’s leafy and quiet, and so pretty. Just like a fairy garden. Food is good too!

  3. I remember Bastakia when it was falling into disrepair. The restoration is great and imaginative.

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