It was extra challenging to find a parking spot that weekend in Al Bastakiya area. We were able to park near Dubai’s Heritage Village. Hence, what was supposed to be a straight to the door dining experience at Arabian Tea House (formerly Basta Art Cafe) turned out to be a leisurely revisit to Old Dubai.
House of Saeed Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai. It functions now as a museum. It is worth noting that the Al Nahyans and Al Maktoums both originated in Abu Dhabi and came from the same Bani Yas tribe. Just like in any historical accounts, one of the families would tend to lead his own group. Dubai used to be a dependent of Abu Dhabi until 1833. It is interesting how they both progressed, albeit, with different risk appetites and priorities.
Dubai Historical Documents Center. I do not remember that this was there many years ago. I presume that majority of the documents are in Arabic. I hope they have considered translating some of the key documents if they would want to cater the non-locals’ needs, too.
Quite a gem. Do not miss Arabian Tea House (otherwise and formerly known as Basta Art Cafe).
One of those days when parking challenge became a blessing. I would not mind spending more time in Old Dubai. I find it more enriching that the ‘now had become the usual’ shiny and glamorous Dubai.