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Al-Bastakiya: Art, Architecture, and History
Dating back to the 1780s and restored in the late twentieth century at the behest of Prince Charles, the historical town of Al Bastakiya intervenes in the modern silver and steel towers that dominate Dubai’s landscape. Originally named after Bastak in Iran, from which Persians migrated to Dubai, it has recently been renamed as Al Fahidi Cultural and Historical District. Clean, sandy beiges characterize the wind tower architecture that houses several galleries, cafes and museums. Tourists, locals, and many artists keep the old town hip and upbeat, while the wind towers keep the area a couple degrees cooler than the rest of the city. For history, architecture and art lovers, a daytime visit to this district is a must.