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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
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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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I found the village quite interesting, I didn't go to the museums. I didn't expect much so I didn't get disappointed. I didn't see any tea or bread being made perhaps I was there... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I know people on here are saying it is soul less and manufactured but I really enjoyed my time here. Firstly its free to have a little wander around so even if you decide you don't like it you can leave without feeling you have purchased a ticket. I enjoyed watching people making arts and crafts and the smell of... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I found the village quite interesting, I didn't go to the museums. I didn't expect much so I didn't get disappointed. I didn't see any tea or bread being made perhaps I was there to late in the day, at 6pm. I wish there was a bit more explanation to the scenes or a person to ask questions but nothing... More 

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Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We went to Deira old town to look around at the Heritage village. Unfortunately there was not that much to explore and see what I had expected

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Rockdale, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

While riding along on the tourist sightseeing bus on Sunday 10/05/15 I decided to stop at THE DUBAI HERITAGE VILLAGE, I couldn't believe when exiting from the bus a light shower started and I had never experienced rain in Dubai after visiting 5 times. On walking towards the HERITAGE VILLAGE I first stopped on noticing one camel lying down looking... More 

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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The village is nothing special, it is nice to combine it with a walk through the souks and the river. If you go to the souks you can easily combine your trip with visiting the village. The walk will cost you 10 extra minutes and the village will take around half an hour. It is for free, although it doesnt... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Dubai Has seen an unprecedented growth from being a modest fishing town, it has transform stunningly. Explore the city and travel back in time, stroll through the historical areas such as a visit to historical mosques, gold and spice souq, exploring the Heritage house, sail across the creek in Abra (traditional boat), Bastakia Quarter, visit and learn more about historical... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 573 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Another attraction destined just to the tourist to show something that it isn't there. The place tries to represent what Dubai used to be, but the fact that this place was totally created without maintaining any of the original building, its kind of disappointing. Most of the times, the place its deserted and you would have the place for yourself.... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

When I was there (in April, a late-ish afternoon) it was pretty empty, however but it's a nice refuge for those who wish to escape the 21st century city. Even though it is just a remake, there are a few nice interior gardens, galleries, even, or patios to wander between, and some artisan shops too. I think the "cultural heritage... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We visited in the middle of the day, and from what others have said I think maybe we will go in the evening next time. It was very hot and not many places were open, but we did really enjoy the shops that were. A few shops with souvenirs were open and a few nice smaller art galleries. We went... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I love history and historical places but this is just a really bad try to get some genuine feel into the fake city of Dubai. I like dubai for what it is, but this is a try to make it into something that it isn't. To start with it hasn't been approved by Unesco as a heritage village. The nomination... More 

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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.
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