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Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

Address: Al Khaleej Rd | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 (0)4 393-7139
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Ranked #44 of 111 Attractions in Dubai
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Hiking Trails, Cultural
Owner description: This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums, Hiking Trails, Cultural
Owner description: This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics exemplify regional architecture.
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Ellicott City MD
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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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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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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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Definitely don't miss this if you take a trip to the Dubai Creek. There is a small entrance fee. Lots of pictures and history about Dubai. t's very interesting to compare the pictures of Dubai just 50 years ago to what it looks like now. And to imagine the ruler living in a house like that is also unbelievable!

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Augsburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It is totally deserving of a visit from anyone that finds themselves about the history of Dubai. I loved seeing Wind Tower,Courtyard, Malqaf and Last but not least is a wing labelled “Social Life”, the wing recreates daily life across centuries, in terms of the customs, traditions, lifestyle and habits of the people

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Irvine, California USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It was interesting for the building and the photos of old Dubai. And, if you didn't realize it when you came, you are in the early home of the ruling family of Dubai. So, it has historical importance. It is worth a visit if you are in this part of the city. Otherwise, if your real intent is insight into... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is not well sign posted but once there, it is worth a visit if you arte in the area. There is a very small entrance fee. The buildings have been very nicely restored to the prior glory, a job well done. there are a series of rooms with pictures of the prior ruler, family and associates. There are also... More 

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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20 helpful votes 20 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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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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