2008 News Archive - Holidays - Visit Dubai's Bastakia Quarter
28 06 2007
Dubai is mostly known for its sumptuous hotels, long sandy beaches and opulent lifestyle.
In fact satirist John Stewart recently described Dubai as: "What would happen if Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas had a baby."
But this city has a different side, represented by the historic Bastakia Quarter, the ancient home of wealthy Persian merchants.
Now this part of town is a conservation area and the unique Arabian architecture will please any tourists tired of the glitzy glamour of the rest of the city.
The wind-tower houses are centuries old and are the first form of air conditioning, designed to make the most of Dubai's breezes in the often-stifling heat.
Since the days when it was a small fishing and trade village, Dubai has come a long way.
Now it is seen as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.
Celebrities such as the English footballing ace David Beckham have bought homes in Dubai and the city has a booming construction industry.