Contrary to popular belief, Dubai and the UAE have a very long history. Unfortunately, it’s quite hard to find much trace of it in the cities. If you search you will find a few clues to the past. There is an old historical quarter called Bastakia, on the south side of the creek which runs through old Dubai city centre. The old houses there have been preserved and it has become a spot for tourists and an art district. Although the area is very beautiful and well kept, the authorities have sadly done it up too well! The old houses have been re-plastered and reworked to the extent that they almost look new. But that is what Dubai is all about…out with the old in with the new.