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Mazes to Meander

One of Dubai's most renowned historic districts is the Bastakiya neighborhood. A community of wealthy pearl and textile traders began to build their residences here in 1890. Nowadays, you can stroll pleasantly through a labyrinth of narrow paths bordered by sand-colored homes and wind towers, which provide excellent air circulation.

The rows of buildings contain charming craft shops, lovely cafes, art galleries and a few boutique style hotels. A short piece of the original defensive city wall, dating to 1800, remains in the midst of the alleyways. Visitors are encouraged to wander or take a guided tour, yet keep in mind that this is a traditional area, so modest dress is highly recommended.

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