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Dubai Museums

Through its museums and heritage sites, the multi-cultural city of Dubai offers the perfect platform to experience the cultural history of the region, up & close.

Dubai's museums are an exciting place where people from all walks of life can come together to explore the identity of the region and it's indigenous Emirati people. By preserving the Emirati history and heritage, Dubai engages its traditional past in a conversation with today's lively, global Arabian megalopolis.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historic building and former residence of Sheikh Saeed, former ruler of Dubai and grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. Located along the Dubai Creek in the restored Shindagha Historic District, this 1896 crown jewel is home to many historic moments, artefacts and other memorabilia significant to the old town of Dubai.

Location: Shindagha Historic District, Dubai, UAE
Tel: + 971 4 393 7139

Hatta Heritage Village

Hatta Heritage Village

The Hatta Heritage Village located in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains first opened to the public in 1997 to showcase the traditional mountain life, customs and heritage of the Emirate people prior to development in the 1960s onwards. The displays here include mosques, watchtowers and houses made from materials such as mud, reed and stone. The Hatta Fort, a defensive tower from the 1880 offers nice views of the surrounding Al-Hajar mountains. The crafts, traditional dress, weaponry, homes and hospitality give visitors a deeper experience into the cultural history of the people of the UAE.

Location: Hatta, UAE

Traditional Architecture Museum

Traditional Architecture Museum

was built in 1927 as the residence of Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum. It is situated in Al Shindagha area on the embankment of Dubai Creek near the house of Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. The house is a plethora of educational, artistic and cultural gems, including a variety of traditional tools and ornamentation items used in the construction of houses in Dubai and the Emirates. The museum also explains the development of construction styles and techniques over the years.

Location: Shindagha Historic District, Dubai, UAE
Tel: + 971 4 703 3517

Dubai Museum - Al Fahidi Fort

The Dubai Museum is a stunning architectural marvel that records the dizzying rise of Dubai from a humble Bedouin village to an enviable Arab capital. It is housed in the Al Fahidi Fort, an 18th-century fort and the oldest surviving structure in the emirate. The embattled citadel served as the residence for the local rulers before being converted into a prison, a garrison and finally into a museum in 1971. Today it has been beautifully restored to highlight the traditional barasti dwellings, mud huts, small wooden fishing boats, bronze cannons, all of which are reminiscent of Dubai’s origin. The main highlights, however, are the archaeological findings from Jumeirah, Al Qusais and other local sites dating back to 2000-1000 BC.

Location: Bur Dubai ,Opp. Grand Mosque, Near Arabian Court Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Tel: + 971 4 353 1862

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