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Heritage Village
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US$88.00*
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Abu Dhabi All-Day Tour
Ranked #27 of 144 things to do in Abu Dhabi
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Owner description: A living exhibition of the lifestyle and traditions of Bedouin and other cultures.
Leavenworth, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“excellent deal”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This attraction is the perfect place to come to learn about Abu Dhabi before the oil was discovered. Food, shelter, work, clothing, commerce, defense, relations...it is all here. And it costs nothing to visit. The best part s shopping. The cost is well below the cost of things in the malls, you are buying from local merchants, and in some cases, local artists. Educational and entertaining. We had big fun despite the oppressive July heat.

Visited July 2014
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Wauchope, Australia
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“Total waste of time”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Just as well entry is free, because I would have been really annoyed if I had had to pay money for this. I cannot begin to imagine how or why anyone would find this unpleasantly run down, unfriendly 'attraction' in any way interesting!
Precious little to see, what few animals subsist in this place are in a very poor and distressed condition, from heat and lack of water.
Better off staying in air conditioned comfort in your hotel room and watch grass grow for a while.
Remember: if you go.....I told you so!
Surprisingly just plain crap by Abu Dhabi (or any where else) standards!

Visited July 2014
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British Columbia
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“Interesting view of the past”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Visiting this heritage village gives a very brief view of the past and the lifestyle of the people there. The artisan buildings are well worth the price of admission and if you take the time to talk to these individuals, you will learn much about their crafts and see them at work. Be sure to take enough time to visit each various heritage displays and each of the artisans as this is what the heritage village is about -- not the tourist stalls that line the main walkway with "junk" items that are not representative of the people and their way of life. The village itself is small and very limited in its explanation as to the way of life of the people 50 years ago; other museums in the UAE have much more information, pictures, displays. The view across the water to the main area of Abu Dhabi is beautiful and clearly demonstrates how far the UAE has come since the first oil was exported from the Abu Dhabi area in 1969.

Visited June 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A small glimpse of their past”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

There are only hints in the small museum and static displays of what Abu Dhabi was like before 1960. or thereabouts .It's only when you look across the bay at the City of today that you get a feeling for the enormous changes that have taken place over the last 50 or so years, and the tremendous impact that these changes must have had on the people. Their success deserves more recognition.

Visited February 2014
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“Heritage village”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

An interesting visit if you are in the vicinity. Perhaps visiting Marina Mall or the Emirates Palace.
We don't think it is worth the journey just to see it.
If you go just bear in mind it is not the picture you see in a lot of brochures. That is the old one we presume. It is right at the end of that road however.

Visited November 2013
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