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The Dubai Heritage Village

The Creek
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Address: Entrance of the Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 (0)4 393 7151
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth, the Dubai Heritage...

Located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth, the Dubai Heritage Village (Hatta Village) provides a glimpse into Dubai’s traditional culture and lifestyle, including Emirate’s maritime history, pearl diving traditions and architecture. Displays include a tented Bedouin village, ancient armory, wooden chests and cooking utensils.

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We went there as part of our tour but we felt as it wasn't worth it to spend much time over there, we did enjoy seeing a camel.

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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48 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went there as part of our tour but we felt as it wasn't worth it to spend much time over there, we did enjoy seeing a camel.

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United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

this whole arena is filled with old memories....right from how they used to live to how they used to earn a living by diving or how they used to cook or move around... try visiting in the winter months as it is a long walk and most of the attractions are in the open or not in A/c/

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The location is great..right next to the diera marina with other museums near by.. and its free.. so what can go wrong, and for a keen traveller it should be a great retreat. But unfortunately i went during afternoon time and was totally disappointed. The place was officially open, but desserted and couple of staff where moving thing around. Asked... More 

Thank Alok_Krish
Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a stroll around here it was very interesting and we did enjoy it, you should check when it is open as we have been a few times and it varies. Good to see .

Thank theroadtoparadise
Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must place to be, if you want to experience the cultural and ancient Dubai. It will make you feel that how from a small place, Dubai / UAE has scaled the heights to the International level.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the nicest museums we visited in our visit to the Arabian Pennisula. There was also a very nice gift shop

Thank auntann11
Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to come and see the culture of the place, of the people and imagine what life was well before oil was discovered. It is a walking tour and has many old houses, caligraphy houses, art studios, restaurants, the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding. I understand that it was Prince Charles who has convinced the... More 

Thank keentraveller27
Mere, Wilts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The village is a collection of some original and some rebuilt-in-the-style-of houses with wind towers, designed to provide an appreciation of life in early Dubai. It was created in 1997, and is best visited in the evenings, partly because it is cooler, partly because many of the demonstrations of local life, including music and art, take place then. Worth a... More 

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Noida, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Looks like rebuilt to some extent , concept of building , door size etc was well explained by the guide , Shows the intelligence of Arabs when they came here in such a hot weather , no power , no AC , but only ventilation , could see creek view at rear end.

Thank 09042014
Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Like some of the reviewers said perhaps I visited at the wrong time of day (afternoon)? There was virtually nobody here, all the shops and restaurants were closed, and the few things that were open weren't particularly exciting.

Thank Alex G

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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.
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