Al Bastakiya

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Al Bastakiya

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (Arabic: حي الفهيدي التاريخي‎; also known as Al Bastakiya) is a historic district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Bastakiya is from "Bastak" which was a town part of the Arab-dominated province of Lars in south central Iran.[1] [2]

The construction of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood 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.

In the 1980s half of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood village was destroyed to make way for the development of a new office complex. The remaining houses were mostly used as warehouses or accommodation for foreign laborers. In 1989, the Dubai Municipality directed that the remaining parts of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood were to be demolished. Rayner Otter, a British architect, came to the area and made extensive renovation in the house where he was staying. Rayner started a campaign to preserve the area and wrote a letter to Prince Charles, who was scheduled to visit Dubai that year. On his arrival, Prince Charles asked to visit Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood and explored the whole area with Rayner Otter. During his visit the Prince suggested that Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood should be preserved and the demolition was canceled.

In 2005, a project was initiated by the Dubai Municipality to restore the localities of old buildings and lanes.

Places in Al Bastakiya[edit]

Al Bastakiya consist of several places which includes.

Mawaheb Gallery[edit]

Mawaheb meaning in arabic is an Art Studio.[3] The Dubai Based Art Studio is from beautiful people for adults with special needs. The studio is for the determined ones and above age or equal to age of 16. Mawaheb provides an opportunity to develop life skills through art, while demonstrating that everyone can be creative in their own unique way.[4]

Arabian Tea House Cafe[edit]

The Cafe is designed keeping in view the old heritage of Dubai people. It present the traditional Arabic food. [5]

Shaikh Muhammad Center for Cultural Understanding[edit]

It is a Non Profit organization.[6] The purpose of creating this organization was to establish a relationship of culture between the people of Dubai.

Coffee Museum[edit]

This unique idea of Coffee from around the world to bring at one place is also a part of Al Bastakiya. The Museum consist of two floors. On ground floor shop where coffee lovers can buy of their choice. Different roasting and brewing style are demonstrated live on this floor. On the second floor there are history books area relates to coffee.[7]

Make Art Cafe[edit]

This art café is opened in November 2015, the MAKE Art Café runs its operations from the courtyard of a charming heritage villa in one of the most attractive heritage areas in the UAE.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UAE Tours - Al Bastakiya - Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (Old Dubai) places to visit". www.vjcyber.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  2. ^ "Al Bastakiya". Times of India Travel. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  3. ^ People, From Beautiful. "Mawaheb". Mawahib Beautiful people.
  4. ^ "UAE Tours - Al Bastakiya - Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (Old Dubai) places to visit". www.vjcyber.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  5. ^ "UAE Tours - Al Bastakiya - Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (Old Dubai) places to visit". www.vjcyber.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ "SMCCU|Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding". www.cultures.ae. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  7. ^ "Coffee Museum". www.coffeemuseum.ae. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  8. ^ "Welcome". MAKE BUSINESS HUB. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  9. ^ "UAE Tours - Al Bastakiya - Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (Old Dubai) places to visit". www.vjcyber.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.

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Coordinates: 25°15′50″N 55°18′0″E / 25.26389°N 55.30000°E / 25.26389; 55.30000