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Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

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Address: Al Khaleej Rd | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 (0)4 393-7139
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Description: This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics...
This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics exemplify regional architecture.
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Unexpected Surprise

The entry fee is only 5 AED pp which is a bargain as far as museum entry fees go. When we walked into the sparse courtyard, our first thought was - Is this it? Then we noticed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The entry fee is only 5 AED pp which is a bargain as far as museum entry fees go. When we walked into the sparse courtyard, our first thought was - Is this it? Then we noticed that the exhibits are indoors behind the various closed doors with plaques next to them. One room contains old coins, another has stamps... More 

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Seaford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Visited with wife and really enjoyed the exhibits, limited as they were in number, it was a great 30-40 minute visit. There was a few exhibits closed and some works going on, but it didn't impact . Staff were hands off but helped where needed, and it was great to see the old photographs in particular. Good value and accessible.... More 

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I visited Sheikh Saeed’s house with my in-laws on a weekday in January, paying 5 AED per person for admission ($1.25 or 1 Euro). Sheikh Saeed was the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958 and visiting his family’s home provides a glimpse of old Dubai. The house illustrates how multiple generations and extended family lived in the same traditional... More 

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Padua, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is where the old ruler Sheikh Maktoum lived with his family in the 1800's . Its an interesting structure showing the old style of coolingto the house by wind towers. There are interesting photos of the old nobility showing how they lived back then . Its woth a visit if you like history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We were the only people inside, which means this site isn't very interesting. But when you are around why not to look inside this kind of house.

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Sirsi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

It is near by Gold souk....any one can go by walk....nice place...old village set ups...museum...etc lokks goood.....Clean and hygienic place..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you are in the neighborhood, this is worth a quick visit. Inside there are some great old photographs of the city, of the family, of royalty. Plus the wind towers are neat to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The house is worth seeing as an example of a traditional courtyard house with wind towers. Unfortunately, there is no contemporary furniture. However, there is a display of photographs showing the traditional way of life and just how Dubai has grown since the 1940s. At the entrance there is the usual tacky Indian gift shop. Only 3showing entry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

If you are in the Creek Area look for Sheik Saeed Al-Maktoum's house which was built in the late 1800s and now is a museum showing old Dubai. It has a small entrance fee and shows the way of life of this Grand Ruler of Dubai. no air conditioning in those days only Wind Towers. It recreates the "Social Life"... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Been there, it is a little hard to find the entrance and expected something else. It is an old but nice house, with no furniture, only rooms full of photos of old times and the rullers of Dubai. If you are near, its a nice time passer and a must go for the ones who love history.

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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.