Enlighten your life with the best attractions in Dubai. Dubai is famous for its mega structures and amazing skyscrapers, not to mention the historic sites and monuments that draw tourist attractions all these years. Here are some of the monuments you might want to see when you are staying in Dubai:
It was in 1799 when AL Fahidi Fort was established and believed to be oldest building in Dubai. It was built to defend the city from foreign invasion. The marvelous fort is now known as the Dubai Museum where you can experience Dubai’s heritage and rich culture since its inception in 1971. At the Museum’s entrance, you can find the majestic collection of old maps of the Gulf and the Emirates, showcasing the urban expansion of Dubai from 1960 to 1980. Dubai Museum offers an exceptional trip to desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving and trade. Among the highlights that can be witnessed in the museum are artifacts such as old weaponry and also musical instruments made of goatskin.
Located near the Ruler’s Court on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, the Grand Mosque was constructed in 1900 and was rebuilt in 1998 with the traditional Islamic architectural design. Now at 70 meters, it is the city’s tallest minaret. It has 45 small domes, not to mention the nine large ones displaying stained glass panels, which makes it a prominent landmark of Dubai’s place of worship. Although non-Muslims are not permitted to go inside the mosque, you will be amazed of its remarkable interior designs.
Constructed in 1900, the Grand Mosque’s ancient traditional Persian designs such as the domes, astounding sky-blue mosaic, sand-hued facades, handmade stained glass and wooden shutters are very impressive. All the way through its transformation, the mosque continues to be a significant center of Dubai’s religious and cultural life. It has a capacity of 1,200 worshippers.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (Museum, Port Rashid, Dubai)
Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historical building and former residential quarters of Dubai’s former ruler, Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. The building is located along the Dubai Creek in Al Shindagha. It was created in 1894 as the base of the Al Maktoum family. At present, it is now a museum that houses artifacts and images of the old Dubai. A magnificent restoration project has marvelously showcased the history and development of Dubai.
The burj al Arab in Dubai, UAE, November 2007
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab, a five star hotel and often regarded as the only seven-star-hotel in the world, is built on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) offshore, with a sail-shaped building design that has a height of 321 meters (1,050 ft). It is the second tallest building in the world used exclusively as a hotel. It is an iconic structure, designed to symbolize Dubai’s urban transformation and to imitate the sail of a boat.
Jumeirah Archeological site
At the Jumeirah Archaeological Site, you can see the ruins and artifacts from 6th Century AD. Remains from the site link it to the 3rd-6th centuries AD when the Persian Sassanid Empire conquered and the Umayyad Dynasty in the 7th century when Islam arrived in the Gulf.
The area was once the center of trade and commercial life, as it was positioned near a trading route utilized by merchants who were traveling between Oman and Iraq. The remains visible at the Jumeirah site include ruins of stone walls and ancient houses, possibly including the residence of a former governor. This archaeological site is completely surrounded by private homes and modern villas, in one of the heavily populated residential areas in Dubai.
Year 1870 marked the foundation of Burj Nahar. Three watch towers guard the city of Dubai. Burj Nahar is one of the three-watch towers, positioned in Deira. It is a must-see destination when visiting Dubai where you can see scenic gardens and exotic surroundings that offers the perfect backdrop for photographers and tourists. Tourists from around the world often visit this beautiful tower.
Built in1890 and restored in 1994, the Heritage House is the rich pearl merchants’ house. Visitors are offered a traditional Emirati snack such as chick-peas and tea. The house is patterned after an old bastakiya building, built from coral and gypsum. It consists of two floors overlooking a genuine Arabian courtyard. Rooms are customarily decorated. You can see the majlis (the area in the house intended for receiving guests), as well as the main living room, where the family comes together.
These are just among the marvelous sights you will enjoy when you go to Dubai. There are still other tourist attractions that you must catch a glimpse of , or else Dubai experience will never be as exciting as you want it to be.
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