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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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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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Rockdale, Australia
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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 27 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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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 548 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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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Absolutely rubbish. Hardly anyone there, it's just a wasteland. There is no heritage to speak of anyway, so why highlight it with a terrible attraction like this. There was absolutely nothing of interest to see here. Just a few stall selling rubbish.

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Jaipur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

If urban landscapes don't inspire the traveller in you, the Dubai Heritage Village is the place for you. The place is built on a Persian theme. Walk around for the old world feel of Dubai. Or walk around for shopping curios from the Persian shops and art galleries here. A good spot for photography enthusiasts. Many interesting subjects.

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Algiers, Algeria
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

just a load of empty bamboo/straw huts/stalls and a depressed camel. Not worth bothering with at all.

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Address: Entrance of the Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 (0)4 393 7151
Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek

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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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