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“Seems ignored but worth the visit”

Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House
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Owner description: This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics exemplify regional architecture.
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Seems ignored but worth the visit”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Getting there involves a very pleasant walk along the creek and it costs next to nothing. It contains some fascinating photos of Dubai pre-oil and it's amazing to see the relatively modest home of a man who ruled Dubai. I imagine the current Sheikh has larger wardrobes. There was about 3 other people in there when I visited which is a shame but also pretty pleasant,.

Visited April 2014
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Cairns, Australia
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“I look into Dubai History”
Reviewed 1 February 2014

A short walk along Dubai Creek we found this house gave us an insight to the grand houses of years gone by.

A listed national monument. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House was built in in the late 1800's and now serves to present photographs and mementos from the past.

It was interesting to learn about how the cooling towers functioned as the buildings were quite cool despite not having air conditioning and also uncover the way of life of this Grand Ruler of Dubai in the days before oil became such an important asset for the region. Views of the city from the roof are well worth a few photos.

When you visit the house do not miss out on a visit to the "Camel Museum" which is in the same complex. Don't miss this attraction.

Visited November 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Grand Courtyard House!”
Reviewed 16 January 2014

The former seat of the local government, the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum (grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed), overlooks the mouth of the Creek at Shindagha and is listed as a national monument.

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House was built in 1896 from coral covered in lime and sand plaster. Sheikh Al-Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai from 1912 until his death in 1958, and his house was restored over two decades ago. It is now home to old photographs, coins, stamps and a collection of historic documents.

Address: Al Shindagha Rd
Closest Metro : Al Ghubaiba

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Historical Perspective”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This interesting, well maintained house provided a good perspective of the life in Dubai in the pre-oil boom days. Excellent information in Englsh. It would have been nice to see some of the rooms furnished in material of the time, but that's a minor issue.

Visited December 2013
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“Engrossing experience”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

With a variety of people having different experiences of this house, I wanted to experience it for myself, having read a great deal about the Sheikh and his family, and the development of Dubai.
Most places in Dubai are well air conditioned, so it was an interesting experience to feel just how cool the house was, and how it had been built to be just that way in times before electricity came along in the 1960s.
The house has an extensive collection of photographs of family and culture and this was perhaps the most interesting, to see how things started.
Views from the roof to the Creek are very good and all-in-all it was both an educational and enjoyable experience, well worth the making. (unlike the Heritage Centre next door, but that's another story)

Visited November 2013
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