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The Dubai Heritage Village

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

Very nice hope to return to it ASAP To take shesha in ... But this place suitable for young only with family hope to be more clean in future

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Very nice hope to return to it ASAP To take shesha in ... But this place suitable for young only with family hope to be more clean in future

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Heritage Village on Sunday. Although the schedules promised that the Village would be open, there was nothing and all the houses and museums had doors closed. You could walk through the village, but we were not able to see anything. Quite a disappointment.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

A must visit to sit by the creek in one of the open air restaurants and try various Arabic delicacies. See the life go by in the iconic Dubai creek. The village portrays the old historic Dubai and traditions with models of old houses and lifestyles.

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Mauritius
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

If you are looking for quiet and space, then this is for you. The place was deserted, to the point of shops closed, there were renovations, which had not been mentioned at all, and apart from the old boats there wasn't much to keep you interested.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I enjoyed souvenir shopping here. The shopkeepers are a bit aggressive (to this American), however, friendly and helpful. I was practically alone as a shopper, so I had plenty of attention. I didn't see much else at the attraction; it was devoid of people while I was there which I enjoyed - however, if I wanted to enjoy the bustle... More 

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Bletchley, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Eventually found the site, but was not worth the trouble. Took us six minuets to look around and was rubbish. One shop selling shell trinkets and a diving school. A few boats (they were the only interesting part) and that was it.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

My visit to the Dubai Heritage Village was an amazing one. I took a city tour and managed to see old Dubai. I was a bit fed up seeing all the modern, tall architecture. They beautiful, but sometimes you need a break from it. I found the Heritage Village very interesting indeed. It was great to see the lifestyle of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There was nothing special, it was a little bit boring for us. There is some shops where you can get some souvenirs.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

While on the Big Bus Tour we visited the Heritage village but sadly it was a waste of time...only a few shops open and nothing else going on...not very interesting at all.....we were told it was better to come back later in the day but didn't feel it was worth the effort....

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Visit this place only if you've seen everything else in Dubai and still have lots of time to spare. Hard-core travel junkies will be disappointed.

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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.