A complete restoration of Dubai's early settlement for wealthy Persian merchants, Bastakiya is an idyllic neighborhood of meandering lanes, traditional Gulf houses, and ornate wind towers. The coral stone and cement wind towers once lined the Dubai Creek, keeping the historic houses cooled using innovative air current systems. Although the area dates from the late 1800s, it was completely restored in recent years. The village includes the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Dubai Museum, the Majlis Gallery with traditional ceramics, jewelry, and art, and XVA Gallery with contemporary paintings, sculptures, and installations from regional artists. There are a number of shops and restaurants in this walking village, as well. The best times to come are in the morning or at dusk, when the area is coolest and quietest.