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Dubai Museum

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The Creek
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai and 3 other guides
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Address: 34 St | Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
+971 4 353 1862
08:30 - 20:30
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Fri 14:00 - 20:30
Sat - Thu 08:30 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the...

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai 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.

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Some interesting things to see.

If you are interesting in history of places then you should visit this place. Otherwise it can be ignored and actually meet interesting people outside museums.

Reviewed 27 May 2016
Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed 29 May 2016

It is small and like Dubai, man made. It has some interesting facts in this museum and the small history of Dubai from the 1960's. Worth a visit and aircon inside ahhh!

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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

It's a nice place to understand the history of Dubai. Great structures and well maintained. Great to view the animals and humans structures.

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Reviewed 28 May 2016

I am definitely not much of a museum person, even though I trudged through many museums around the globe, with very varying levels of interest. This museum, located in the Bur Dubai (Old Dubai) area has an interesting setting next to the Textile Souk and very close to the Dubai Creek and has some mildly interesting exhibits. If you have... More 

Thank weberwest
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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

This is such a great trip, we did this as part of an organised day trip. Absolutely loved it, really gives you a background to the life lived by the original people. I would strongly recommend everyone getting out and visiting these places, and understanding more about Dubai.

Thank loulousboys
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

The Dubai Museum housed in the Al Fahidi fort is a must-see for all visitors to Dubai. * The artefacts and models displayed bring alive the way of life in Dubai from the '30s to present times. * The audio/video film is also very informative and well presented. * The curio shop is a must visit though the curios are... More 

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Reviewed 28 May 2016

Takes you through the history of Dubai, how people lived in the early 20th century (prior to discovery of oil). And photos of how Dubai changed after oil was found. It is right in Meena bazaar and the entry fee is 3 AED.

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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

This is a top place to visit to grab a good understanding of the foundation Olof Dubai and of the Emirates too. Loved the displays the info provided, need to allow a few hours to take it in properly.

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Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Good to experience old dubai within 30min. Amaizing plave with everything belong to ancient dubai. Ticket only cost 3AED per adult.

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Reviewed 27 May 2016

This was one of our most enjoyable experiences in Dubai. Very reasonably priced (actually cheap - I guess no one comes to Dubai to learn about their history?) and fascinating. Friendly staff as well. The only negative was that it was very hard to find a taxi afterward. We waited outside in the 42 degree heat for maybe 20 minutes... More 

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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

If you are interesting in history of places then you should visit this place. Otherwise it can be ignored and actually meet interesting people outside museums.

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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