Your quick list to Dubai’s Heritage Sites and Museums


Discover how historically and culturally rich Dubai is an be in awe how it developed over the years. While Dubai’s development is fascinating, getting a glimpse of Dubai’s history will make you look up to this superlative city even more at how fast it has developed in such a short time while keeping it’s culture intact.

1.  Diving Village

The Diving village opens a window into the marine life in Dubai and its traditional maritime professions that includes Dubai’s shipbuilding, fishing, pearl diving, and maritime races.

Entrance Fee: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click Here

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2.  Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

The house was built in 1896 and was home to the Al Maktoum ruling family until 1958. This is a must-see for every expat and tourist in Dubai for a chance to enjoy and soak into Dubai’s history with the displays of historic photographs of the sheikhs and the life in Dubai that rapidly changed in current times. There’s also rare collections of historic and official documents, authentic jewellery, coins, stamps and other items

Entrance fee: AED 3 for adults, AED 1 for children (under the age of 6)

Google Maps Location: Click Here


3.  Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif

Get a view of Dubai’s unique traditional heritage feature in this place. This majlis in Jumeirah was the calm and tranquil summer resort of late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum  built in 1955.

Historical furniture, tools and utensils in traditional Emirati Majlis as well as copper buckets, coffee stoves, jars, earthenware, brassware, rugs and carpets, plus the relatively modern appliances of those times such as clocks and radios, along with defence tools like rifles and daggers ~ are on display in this heritage place.

Entrance Fees: AED 3 for adults, AED 1 for children under the age of 6.

Google Maps Location : Click HERE

4.  Jumaa and Obaid Bin Thani House

Built in 1916, Juma and Obaid Bin Thani House is one of the oldest houses built in Al Shindagha. It houses the Arabic Calligraphy Over Time exhibition showcasing the history and evolution of Arabic calligraphy

Also, get the feel of an authentic heritage house with a visit to Jumaa and Obaid Bin Thani House that used available environmental resources to adapt a living environment.

Entrance Fees:  AED 3 for adults, AED 1 for children (under the age of 6)

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

5.  Heritage Village
{Please call 04-393 7151 to confirm if the village is open as at a time it was under renovation}
Built in 1997 at Al Shindagha, the village displays the traditional customs, traditions, professions and local craftsmanship of Dubai. And this includes a view into the coastal, desert to country and mountain life. Visitors are also treated to folklore singing and dancing. Dances are performed mainly during between October and March.

Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

6. Hatta Heritage Village

Hatta is the mountainous enclave of Dubai near Oman territory, about 100 Km away from Dubai City. The village dates back to about 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. Get to see here the 30 buildings, shops, farms with a fresh water canal (Falaj) running through them and an archaeological cemetery (closed).

Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

7. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood reflects the traditional lifestyle of Dubai from the mid 19th century till the 1970s.  There are buildings with high air towers (Barajeel) whose designs depict the rich values back then. For example, the community’s care for privacy can be felt in the lack of front windows, their narrowness and highness.

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Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

8. Al Ahmadiya School

{Please call 04-2260286 to check if already open. This was closed for renovation}

Founded in 1912, Al Ahmadiya School brings you back to the education ambience in the early 20th century as Dubai’s first national semi-regular school.

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Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

9. Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum

If you are curious of archaeological discoveries in Dubai, explore this museum for various Dubai’s Iron Age artefacts. Saruq Al-Hadid or ‘the Way of Iron’ was metalworking site some three thousand years ago.

Children has a special gallery trail which to keep them involved and explore each room in turn.

Entrance Fees: 

Individual: 20 Dhs
Children 7 – 12 years: 10 Dhs
Adults over 60: free
Children up to 6 years: free

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

10. Naif Museum

Built in 1939, Naif Fort was the first police station in Dubai, and the headquarters of Public Prosecution and the Civil Court at the time. The museum tells about the history of the police and security services in the emirate of Dubai.

Take a peek into the evolution of police uniforms, from a local traditional clothing to a modern one. Get to see police medals, badges, equipment and weapons as well asmodels of arrest and detention rooms.

Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

11. Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili

Lovers of literature puts this museum in their bucketlist. Get to see a valuable collection of documents, correspondence and his commandments, and the original collections of poems and some own hand written poem by Poet Al Oqaili spread across the nine wings of the museum.

Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

12. Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort

Nobody should leave Dubai without a visit to the Dubai Museum. It transports visitors into a fascinating historical Dubai.

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As the website aptly puts it:

A visit to Dubai Museum “Al Fahidi Fort” offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the history of Dubai, which gives an impression that Dubai’s current development, modernism and distinction are only a continuation of a journey of a unique and distinguished civilization that was subjected to different cultures and people, as well as an example of the strong bond with Arabism and Islam. The comparison between old and modern Dubai, which are separated by a few number of years, show you the great, continuous efforts that led Dubai to its current state of progress and pioneering. It also consolidates the confidence that all that Dubai has become today is based on a deeply rooted civilization. 

Entrance Fees: AED 3 for adults and AED 1 for children (under the age of 6)

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

13. Coin Museum

This museum treats coin buffs into the different coins from different historical eras. The special display cabinets and magnifying screens of each coin contains detailed information like shape, size, metal, method and date of minting, words written on it, and the images and shapes it contains.

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Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

14. Camel Museum

Do camels fascinate you? Don’t miss a visit to the Camel museum.

Get to know the relationship between camels and the citizens of Dubai, that goes beyond the using camels in riding and transportation but also the concepts of patience and withstanding the rigors of the arid and hot environment.

Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: Click HERE

15. Horse Museum

{The museum was under renovation, please call 04-515 5379 to check if open}

Visit this museum to top up your knowledge about horses. The different halls includes information, prototypes and tools that have to do with horses.

Entrance Fees: Free of charge

Google Maps Location: just near to this location: Click HERE


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