Bastakiya is the oldest remaining settlement in Dubai, with it first being developed in the 1850s by Iranian traders. Most of the buildings haven been redeveloped since then but they have kept their coral walls, wind-towers and narrow laneways (with which to maximise shade). I visited the XVA Gallery today for a feature for the Al Ghurair Centre Magazine. Below are some photos of an area that is one of the city’s most interesting.
Dubai has a reputation as a glossy, slick city-state where everything is new. The reality of course is very different and most of the city consists of unremarkable low-rise apartment blocks. Below are a few pictures of the area around Al Ghurair Centre in Deira earlier this morning.
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Some nice coverage of Jashanmal Quarterly on Stack Magazine’s blog today. Also kudos to Steven at Gym Class Magazine for the help on the specs side. Working on issue 2 now which will be focusing on independent magazines – that will be out around Christmas.