Sunday, 17 November 2013

Al bastakiya

This morning we took a drive down to Bur Dubai and had a walk around Al Bastakiya. Al Bastakiya is a historic district in Dubai and is one of the oldest residential areas in the city. 

The buildings date back to 1690. In its prime it was capable of supporting 60 housing units, seperated by narrow, winding lanes. It features wind towers that create natural ventilation for the buildings. 

In the 1970s a lot of the area was destroyed to make way for the development of a new office complex for the emirates ruler. In 1989 Dubai municipality scheduled the remaining area of Bastakiya to be demolished. However British architect rayner otter, who had moved there and restored part of it, wrote to prince Charles who was due to visit dubai. Prince Charles visited al Bastakiya and suggested the area be preserved. Shorty after the plans for demolishing it was reversed. 

It is a beautiful place to wonder through. It is also spectacular at night with the lighting emphasising the architectural designs. 

On the outskirts of Bastakiya is a gorgeous cafe called the Arabian Tea House. As you walk through the small door it opens up to a quiet oasis of calm! 

Gorgeous trialling flowers and hanging baskets adorn the walls and the centre tree offers shade (and unusually for bur dubai, a splash of greenery)! 

You can sink into comfortable white cushioned chairs and enjoy a selection of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, salads and other yummy snacks. But their signature offerings are their selection of teas. 

As you can see, William enjoyed himself. And just to clarify so you don't think I'm a terrible mother, he didn't drink the whole of that cappuccino! :D 

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