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Dubai Art Week

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Interesting faces at the Dubai Art Week. The Art Week happens once a year in the Bastikiya, Dubai. The Bastakiya quarter is the most picturesque Heritage site in Dubai. The houses date from the late 19th century, most of the restored houses  have wind towers, an early but very effective air-condition system. This is one of my favourite areas in Dubai.

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Bastakiya

Bastakyia

 

The old and still preserved Bastakiya quarter of Dubai was established by the end of the 19th century by rich textile and pearl traders from Bastak in Iran. Today in Bastakiya you find the most beautiful coffee houses, boutique hotels and many art galleries. In March, the Sikka Art Fair takes place in the “old walls” of this really fantastic place.

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Bastakiya, old Dubai

This is one of my favourite places in Dubai. 

Together with Al Shindagha, Al Bastakiya is one of the oldest residential areas in the city of Dubai. Al Bastakiya is named after the Bastak region of Iran, from where many of the Itanies residents emigrated to Dubai.  The locality lies along Dubai Creek and includes narrow lanes and wind towers, as well as the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in Dubai.

The construction of Al Bastakiya dates back to the 1890s. In its prime, the locality was capable of supporting 60 housing units, most of which were separated by narrow, winding lanes. Traditionally a stronghold of rich residents, the demographic of the locality changed with the discovery of oil, which resulted in many rich families relocating to other parts of the city. As a result, expatriate families moved into Al Bastakiya and the Al Souk Al Kabir area.

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