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Dubai Museum

Al Souq Al Kabeer | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
04-3531862
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Ranked #42 of 206 Attractions in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I didn't really know what to expect as I hadn't heard of the place; I just went because it was across the street from a hotel I stayed in. I was pleasantly treated to a history of the local culture and the development of Dubai.

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townsville
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This place gives you a great insight to Dubai and their culture. It defiantly gave me a better understanding of their culture.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A small museum and very cheap entrance fee. I liked the models and the scenes from old Dubai, some with sound effects. The visit takes around an hour.

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Singapore, Singapore
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68 reviews 68 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Basically, less entertaining and informative than I thought it would be. Specifically, it didn't properly explain its transformation from a conservative historical heritage to a glitzy modern cosmopolitan city. Instead, it felt more like a historical textbook. This attraction can possibly be skipped if you don't have much time in Dubai.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Incomparable to the museums of the world. For a wealthy city like this, I was expecting to say the same ooohhss and aahhs I've uttered upon seeing the other famous landmarks that make up Dubai. The Dubai Museum is a very tiny museum with little to offer. Better to read about Old Dubai from a book or browse photos from... More

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Established 1971 Location Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai Type Covers the archaeology and history of Dubai, and a historic site by itself Visitors over 1 milion (2013) Public transit access Al Fahidi station, Duba

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a must do thing before you embarked on your city tour. The museum will explain the rise of Dubai from the early 1930's. Do the museum tour first as it will give you better understanding of the history of Dubai before you enjoy the modern skyscraper tour.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The museum may not be the biggest, but it is well worth a visit, you will get a real insight into the old Dubai and Arab life and culture, then step out side and look around at modern Dubai and you will realise just how far they have come in such a very short period of time.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Very cheap to enter and lots to see inside. Great place to see the history of Dubai and keep out of the sun - highly recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Walking into the entrance there was just nothing to see. We actually started walking slower and slower to make the 3 dirham adventure last longer. Then there is a sign to the galleries...much more than we expected, was a real treat.

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