Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
This peaceful neighbourhood, formerly known as the Bastakiya Quarter, is where you head for a tranquil escape from the thrum of the more overdeveloped parts of Dubai. What was once a run-down merchants’ quarter is now a restored heritage area, laced with slender lanes of sand-coloured buildings. Think of it as your one-stop Dubai cultural zone. As you wander, you’ll happen upon museums, craft shops and appealing courtyard cafes. Look upwards to see the area’s signature wind-towers (barajeel) – 19th-century equivalent of air-conditioning.