Step back in time and experience traditional Emirati life The Bastakiya neighborhood, one of Dubai's most important historic districts, dates back to 1890 when wealthy textile and pearl traders from Bastak, Iran, built their homes here. This interesting collection of one and two story homes is connected by a labyrinth of narrow streets that are a delight to wander. Notable are the architectural design and elements such as barajeels (also known also as wind towers, the Emiratis solution for air conditioning), beautiful columns and interesting wooden ornaments, especially the carved doors and gracious courtyards. Today this historic quarter houses museums, craft shops, art galleries, a boutique hotel, a coin museum, a stamp museum and a mosque. The only remaining portion of the old defensive wall of Dubai, built in 1800 of gypsum and coral, can also be viewed.