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Dubai Museum

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The Creek
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai and 3 other guides
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Address: Al Fahidi St | Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
+971 4 353 1862
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8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Fri 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat - Thu 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the...

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.

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At first for AED3 entry you think all you get is the plain fort walls and a couple of old boats, however the gallery downstairs takes you through the history of Dubai with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Finally I visited the museum when we had visitors over. It was really interesting. Laid out well. Easy access for in and out. Very interesting for the children to see how Dubai has changed in such a short space of time. Would highly recommend a visit.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Do not be fooled by the seemingly small building. Below ground is an amazing museum that seems to go on forever. Put aside a full morning. after being blown away by the Fort, take time to walk the streets for more culture of Dubai.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The place is located at the Fahdi Fort and its tells the humble beginning of Dubai. The Museum itself is a wonderful place to learn the history of Dubai. There are galleries at the Top and the basement leading to the exit. The galleries at the bottom take you through the history, the people, their trade, their lifestyle and many... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

At first for AED3 entry you think all you get is the plain fort walls and a couple of old boats, however the gallery downstairs takes you through the history of Dubai with interesting displays and easy to read storyboards. Appealing to all ages. Conveniently located next to Dubai mosque, old souk and Bastakia quarter. Thanks for the vote if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

See how it all began & taken in the rich cultural history. Another must & going around does not take very long. Recommend a visit in the morning hours (also to avoid when busy with tourists)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great museum to be. It takes you to the past when Dubai was only an unknown fishing village with water and electricity. It tells you how people managed with the wind towers to cool the house to the way things were cooked and of course the dhow. A must visit to see

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely museum you can get great photos of the boat outside..indiyde it is very well done with great descriptions of everything some lovely spots for photos with a visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There's more to Dubai than shopping! So, if you have time for only one cultural activity, I highly recommend you consider a visit to the Dubai Museum: you'll learn a great deal in 30-60 minutes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What I loved about this place is that you get a great sense of what Dubai was like before it became the great metropolis it is today, when it was just a trading and fishing outpost before the latter half of the 20th century. It is easy to just enjoy the modern city with its skyscrapers, aquariums, skiing and fine... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nicely constructed museum, educative , shares the value and culture of Dubai & its existence. Dubai apparently a small village..to learn more about visit it

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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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