Southeast of Bastakiya, some 2km of waterfront running alongside Al Seef Road is currently in the throes of redevelopment as part of the Marsa al Seef project, due to open in phases during 2016 and 2017 and without doubt the biggest thing to happen in Bur Dubai in over a century. Inspired by neighbouring Bastakiya and the souks of old Dubai, the development is positioning itself at the “cultural” end of the tourism spectrum with a new museum, amphitheatre and traditional souk, plus marina and abra station. Architectural models displayed by developers Meraas at the project’s unveiling in 2015 showed a mix of traditional-style wind-towered houses in the area closest to Bastakiya alongside more modern and minimalist-looking constructions further south – an attractively low-rise and mainly open-air waterside development which promises to write yet another chapter in the long story of Dubai’s most historic area.

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