Al Bastakiya region in Dubai is a glimpse of UAE history, a reflection of the days before the coming of the modern urbanity, where traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers and lit by candles.
The old town in Dubai was famous for its wind towers that lined the Creek on both sides, and today the narrow lanes festooned with the distinctively Arabian architecture is a popular historical Attraction that has been marked for tourist.
In the past, the city was famous for a mass of wind towers that lined the Creek on either side. These wind towers were not just decorative. They were the only means of cooling houses in the days before mains electricity.
Bastakiya is an image of the old traditional markets and also a cultural center of Dubai. The original, old city of Dubai is just one per cent of the modern city we see today. The district is filled with traditional courtyard houses and classic wind towers, which offer a charming glimpse of how Dubai once looked.
The surrounding historic buildings are home to museums, galleries featuring local artists, restaurants and markets. Dubai government is planning to renovate all the historic buildings of the Bastakiya area to open more museums, galleries, restaurants and traditional markets.
The Bastakiya district has been earmarked for tourist development, with the construction of a museum, cultural Center, and an art gallery that showcases local talent.
These houses are now part of the Heritage Village. Some have been converted into museums displaying the local culture and heritage, while in others the old era has been projected through smart recreations.