Old Dubai: Al Bastakiya
To walk the narrow alleys of Al Bastakiya is to travel back to the early days of Dubai, when low stucco buildings dominated the cityscape rather than gleaming glass towers. Many of these old buildings feature "wind towers," an ingenious way to channel cooling breezes into houses before the invention of air conditioning. This area is full of galleries, historic buildings, and coffee shops. Make sure to check the calendar of events to see if your visit will coincide with one of the many art and cultural festivals that happen here.
By Natasha Amar
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