21 September 2013


Years back when I clicked these photographs, driving through the lanes of Dubai, I never expected them to turn online some day. Now am glad I really clicked them.
Dubai is a city of contrasts, offering a distinct blend of old and new. Away from its glamorous world is the Bastakiah Quarter.   
The old Bastakiah district is a step back in time to the days before electricity and air-conditioning, where traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers. Now a bustling market and cultural center of Dubai. The original, old city of Dubai is just one per cent of the modern city we see today. Bastakiah is filled with traditional courtyard houses and classic wind towers, which offer a glimpse of how Dubai once looked.
This was established in the end of the 19th century by well-to-do textile and pearl traders from Bastak, Iran. Its labyrinthine lanes are lined with restored merchant’s houses, art galleries, cafes  and boutique hotels.

Bastakiah Map on Al Fahidi Street...
Sorry for the not so clear photographs,  as they have been clicked with me mobile.