UAE & Oman Trip: Day 8-10 Dubai – Dubai Heritage Village and Museum

Dubai Heritage Village

Coordinate: 25 16’12.18″N 55 17’28.47″E

A traditional heritage village, located near the mouth of Dubai Creek in the Shindagha district, features potters and weavers practicing traditional crafts, as well as exhibits and demonstrations of pearl diving. It is a place where the visitor can take a step back in time and experience some of Dubai’s culture and heritage.

Old traditional houses at Dubai Heritage Village
Old traditional houses at Dubai Heritage Village
Souvenir shops at Dubai Heritage Village
Souvenir shops at Dubai Heritage Village
At Dubai Heritage Village gate
At Dubai Heritage Village gate

There are also a range of souvenir shops where you can buy Dubai’s souvenir at lower cost than at other location.

Visiting Hours : Saturday to Thursday : 08:30 am -22:00 pm , on Friday: 15:30 -22:00 pm.

Visiting Hours during Ramadan: Saturday – Thursday from 09:00 to 14:00 hrs, then it opens from 20:30 hrs till 12 midnight. On Friday from: 20:30 hrs till 12 midnight.

Public Holidays: open.

Location: Al Shindagha Area, facing end of Dubai Creek next to Sheikh Saeed’s House.

Telephone: 04-3937139

Entry Fees: free

Dubai Museum

Coordinate: 25 15’48.87″N 55 17’50.07″E

Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum, was built around 1787, believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today and once guarded the landward approaches to the town. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the ruler’s palace, a garrison, and a prison. Renovated in 1971 for use as a museum, its colorful life size dioramas vividly depict everyday life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life. One of the more spectacular exhibits portrays pearl diving, including sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves. Also on display, are artifacts from several excavations in the emirate, recovered from graves that date back to the third millennium BC.  The most popular exhibits are housed in the archaeological halls, which also displays artifacts from Al Sufouh and Hatta. Islamic period discoveries were made at the Jumeirah site, dating back to the 7th century. A total of 50 tombs were found on the left side of the Jima Valley, which dated from 3,000 B.C.

Model of the Jumairah Archaelogical Site
Model of the Jumairah Archaelogical Site
Dubai Museum - an outside area, displays cannon & traditional dhows
Dubai Museum - an outside area, displays cannon & traditional dhows

An outside area at the museum recreates a traditional desert house, with seating and sleeping area as well as a kitchen. Ancient dhows lay outside the house, with a collection of shiny bronze cannons and cannon balls. A video, updated in 2007, depicts Dubai from before the discovery of oil in the 1960s to the current day.

A diorama inside the gallery. Shown here a daily life of old Dubai.
A diorama inside the gallery. Shown here a daily life of old Dubai.

Near exit area is a souvenir shop and some vending machines.

Visiting Dubai Museum one might find parking is a challenge. There is a parking lot at the right side of Al Fahidi Fort, however this is always full. You can park yours in paid parking area at the left side of Al FAhidi Fort. There is a normal 1Dhs/hour area and also 10 Dhs/hour.


Visiting Hours : Saturday to Thursday : 08:30 am -20:30 pm , on Friday: 14:30 -20:30 pm
Visiting Hours during Ramadan: Saturday – Thursday: 09:00 am -17:00 pm, on Friday: 14:00-17:00 pm
Public Holidays: open
Entry Fees: Dhs3 per Adult – Dhs. 1 Per Child
Telephone: 04-3531862

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