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Dubai Museum

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Address: Al Souq Al Kabeer | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: 04-3531862
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8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sat - Thu 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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A interesting look into Dubai's past ... but don't go in Friday's!

The museum turned out to be a bit of a surprise - it is quite well done with many interesting exhibits. The entrance fee is cheap (5 AED) and it is located in the restored 18th... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The museum turned out to be a bit of a surprise - it is quite well done with many interesting exhibits. The entrance fee is cheap (5 AED) and it is located in the restored 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Getting there is quite easy - you can take an Abra to the Old Souk and then it is a... More 

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Newmarket
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Nice little museum, interesting to see both the short time Dubai has been developing and some bronze age artefacts. Bit heavy on the room sets but overall a pleasant hour out of the sun

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Dubai seems to be full of the new modern buildings, so it is good to have a view into what it used to be and how the life here has been. It is informative and probably also children enjoy it. Our only problem was that in the crowd we went to the house before we saw the things in the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Not worth the effort... a small museum which speaks of how Dubai became modern if you have nothing else to do then go. not worth your time

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Bracknell, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Lovely museum that really is a must visit place, its free if you use the tourist bus and only 3 dirhams if you don't. The layout is very good and the whole place is larger than you think. A word of warning - do everything in and off of the courtyard when you enter except the galleries, leave these until... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

a great place to have the opportunity to explore the identity and the history of arab people. was nice experience along with their old gadgets and instruments that was used in old ages.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Great place to go to learn about Dubai's history and gain an insight into the bedouin lifestyle. The museum also covers a little bit about Dubai's plans for the future. You can easily spend a couple of hours here and will be richer for it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Ok nice small place to get a sense of Dubais history wil cost u 3 aed and u dont need a lot of time to see it so u shud tho its crowded often

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This gives u a quick idea about dubai's history of evolution. Well maintained and informative. We went to this museum as part of our Big Bus Dubai tour. Worth going. U will get to know how old Dubai was and how they have created it now so,high tech country. Entry fee is there but that's not much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I visited the museum, when I did the Red Bus tour. Both are well worth doing. I was also fascinated at the vision Dubai has for it's future. It is very inspiring.

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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.