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Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

Al Khaleej Rd | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 (0)4 393-7139
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Ranked #78 of 197 attractions in Dubai
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Type: Historic Sites, Hiking Trails, Museums
Description: This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics exemplify regional architecture.
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is a good place to get more information about the history of Dubai. The collection of pictures, tools, coins explains us about the development of the city. It's also give description about middle east architecture. unfortunately they don't have expert people who stand by in the museum to ask. because I was so curious why they have small and... More

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London
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61 reviews 61 reviews
31 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Fascinating maps dating back to the 18th century, documents from the British era and the oil companies' negotiations, stamps from the various political periods since 1912 and coins from even further back, photos of the way dubai used to be before the skyscrapers and shopping malls. As a demonstration of how the old needed to fit the modern era, when... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Getting there involves a very pleasant walk along the creek and it costs next to nothing. It contains some fascinating photos of Dubai pre-oil and it's amazing to see the relatively modest home of a man who ruled Dubai. I imagine the current Sheikh has larger wardrobes. There was about 3 other people in there when I visited which is... More

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Cairns, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

A short walk along Dubai Creek we found this house gave us an insight to the grand houses of years gone by. A listed national monument. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House was built in in the late 1800's and now serves to present photographs and mementos from the past. It was interesting to learn about how the cooling towers functioned as... More

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

The former seat of the local government, the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum (grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed), overlooks the mouth of the Creek at Shindagha and is listed as a national monument. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House was built in 1896 from coral covered in lime and sand plaster. Sheikh Al-Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai... More

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This interesting, well maintained house provided a good perspective of the life in Dubai in the pre-oil boom days. Excellent information in Englsh. It would have been nice to see some of the rooms furnished in material of the time, but that's a minor issue.

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UK
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37 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

With a variety of people having different experiences of this house, I wanted to experience it for myself, having read a great deal about the Sheikh and his family, and the development of Dubai. Most places in Dubai are well air conditioned, so it was an interesting experience to feel just how cool the house was, and how it had... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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177 reviews 177 reviews
104 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Enjoyed it. Not for everyone but if you are interested in history and photography worth a visit. Nice collection of very old maps dating from when GB had a king emperor!

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Kuwait, Qortuba
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoom is a historical House shows the life of past ruler of Dubai and how the city developed from Fishing to Oil. The house was built based on the Arabic architecture design such as small doors and windows decorated and painted in a dark brown color. It has a small Gift shop at the left of the... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
69 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House shows how even the ruler of Dubai lived at the turn of last century and the photographic displays show how Dubai has developed from Pearl fishing through finding oil to the sprawling metropolis it is today. It is next to the heritage centre which is also worth a visit. it is good value at 4 dirhams... More

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