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Dubai “The city of Gold” is a paradise for people who love shopping, But the city is also very famous for its history, cultures and heritage. History enthusiast has a lot to take away from Dubai. The Dubai Museum is part of the legendary Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai, the museum is one of the earliest building of UAE and a major attraction in Dubai for History lovers. The mesmerising architectural marvel of the museum stands as a chronicle of the Arab world-its heritage and culture.
The Al Fahidi Fort was constructed in the year 1787 by the ruler of Dubai for political and residential purposes. Later in 1971, the fort was renovated by Sheikh Rasheed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum as a museum for visitors. In 1995, one more underground museum was built and added to the old fort. The museum is a treasure amalgam. Monuments, diagrams, documents, tombs and other things that give you a clear picture of the earliest Dubai.
The museum has different areas that are dedicated to the different aspects of life and living in Dubai. The Al Fahidi Fort Gallery descending a spiral staircase in the south-western tower of the citadel comprises of artefacts dating back up to 1960 before even oil was discovered in the city. There is also video footage telecasting at the background together give you a feeling of being on a real market(souq) in ancient Dubai and to make your understanding about this place better.
Following the souq, one will find a model mosque and a desert bearing the testimony of the life and living of the Bedouins. The Al Qusais Archaeological Site reflects various stages of Dubai’s archaeological history. The antique from Jumeirah, Al Quasis and other sites date as early as back to 2000 B.C. reflecting the glorious past of the Arab world. Your final stopover will be at a gift shop where you can find gift items and other souvenirs at surprisingly affordable prices.
Dubai Museum is a place where history and heritage of Dubai and modern-day reality blend seamlessly making it a very important cultural heritage of Dubai. The intricate architecture across the interior of the museum, local antiques and artefacts traded from the Asian and African countries down the centuries add to the rich collection of the museum. Thousands of people from all walks of life visit the museum to explore and gain knowledge about the social, cultural and political history of the people of the Emirates. In a nutshell, a visit to the Dubai Museum is an escape into the royal past and an experience worth making.
(0.03 km) INDEPENDENT TOURISM
(0.17 km) Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
(0.11 km) Grand Bur Dubai Masjid
(0.23 km) Dubai Creek
(0.17 km) XVA Gallery
(0.5 km) Shiva Temple
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
1.Explore The Courtyard
The Fahidi Fort’s courtyard to Dubai Museum houses ancient dhows used for pearling. Additionally, you can also view the well and a Barasti House that has been recreated. The courtyard truly recreates the historical Dubai.
2. Experience The Al Kalmah And Arish Houses
Al Kalmah houses- the homes for the inhabitants of the Gulf Coast made out of the palm tree branches Situated in the courtyards. Its light building allows cool air to breeze through in the summers. Moreover, you can also witness the Al Arish summer houses to see where the Arabs escaped to during summers.
3. Window Shop In The Ancient Souks’ Dioramas
From the Carpenters at work to Spice shops from the historical era, the Dubai Museum recreates the souks with its life-size dioramas.
4. Escape To The Oasis
The Oasis area recreates the deserts giving out information of the camels and falconry- the vital friends of the desert inhabitants. But the most interesting part is the date palm trees recreated realistically.
5. See The Bedouin Craft
Get greeted by life-size decked up Beduin models when you walk in. Also, read up on the readouts giving an insight into the Bedouin lifestyle with their handicrafts on display.
6. Explore The Marine Life Of Dubai
You can get to know the marine life of Dubai’s coastal lines here. Also, check out the pearls and fishes on display to know about marine life.
7. Discover The Archaeological Artefacts
Take a walk around the archaeological finds ranging from knives to pots. You can also witness Al Qusais Tombs and Suqeim Mound here.
8. Get To Know The Islamic Era Closer
The final hall is a large collection of the finds from the historical era of UAE. From the excavation scene at Jumeirah’s finds to the Umayyad site’s finding. A lot of Islamic history can be discovered here.
9. Pick A Souvenir
You can pick out souvenirs for family and friends from the gift shop before you head out from Dubai Museum.