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Dubai Museum

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Easily the best museum in town, the Dubai Museum offers an ideal first stop on any tour of the city, and the perfect place to get up to speed with the history and traditional culture of this formerly isolated desert settlement.

The museum is housed in the crusty old Al Fahidi Fort, dating back to around 1800, which makes it far and away the oldest building in the city, with sturdy coral-and-gypsum walls and a pair of engagingly lopsided towers. Entrance is via the fort’s courtyard, where a few old traditional wooden boats lie marooned next to an old-fashioned barasti (palm-thatch) hut – the sort of living conditions enjoyed by most Dubaians right up until the 1960s.

Head across the courtyard and downstairs to the museum’s absorbing sequence of underground galleries, covering just about every aspect of the cultural, commercial and religious life of the city, complete with an atmospheric little alleyway full of old-fashioned shops, populated with some spookily realistic mannequins.


At A Glance

Address:
Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai
Dubai
Phone:
04 353 1862
Price:
$
3dh
Hours:
Sat–“Thurs 8.30am€–8.30pm, Fri 2.30–“8.30pm

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