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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: 971-4-3531862
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Fri 2:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat - Thu 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Interesting spot

It is quite an informative & interesting tourist spot. The culture and progress of Dubai is quite evident. A good way to learn the history of this place... :) This is the city... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a great mix the dubai culture, if you like original and pure old natural life experience ... i like the sahara culture and the sea culture and there i found this great mix between. You can see a bunsh of surviving and living techniques in both environnements and how people used to create things from nature ... it's amazing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This I feel is a must see for history lovers as Dubai history is rewritten and in some cases animated. There is also adequate write up making it enlightening for visitors. The only draw back is that the write ups are only in Arabic and English and hence would not be so insightful for who do not understand these languages... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful educational experience for all ages! As worldschoolers, we wanted our children (9 & 10) to learn as much as possible about the local culture, history, religion, etc. and this museum did all of that. It was very well done and expansive! We were pleasantly surprised at the size of the museum, the authentic displays & information provided... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting but sooòooo hot.The underground museum is well worth it . However it is quite dark in sections abd the floor is uneven so take care.

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Linton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was really interesting and we were surprised how much there is to see. Apart from the a/c keeping us cool we learnt a lot about how Dubai has developed. At 3 EUD's each to get in it was well worth stopping for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to experience what Dubai was like before the explosion of development in the 1970's and onwards, this gives a revealing glimpse of the lives of locals prior to that time. There's a few interesting items inside the ground floor area and outside in the courtyard, but the real gems are to be found below ground in life... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is quite an informative & interesting tourist spot. The culture and progress of Dubai is quite evident. A good way to learn the history of this place... :) This is the city tour in a jist!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I like a bit of history/culture and this place is really worth a visit! Cheap to get into and gives you a really interesting view into Dubai's history! If in Dubai then go here as it really is interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Dubai since last month and this is my first time to take bus and MRT. Get off at Al fahidei metro station and walk around 500 meters then you get museum ,fee only 3 AED

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Here, I found a very interesting step back in time to take a look at what it must have been like to live in Dubai in its early beginnings. A well planned exhibit, but obviously not meant for the throngs of people that were visiting on the day that I was there.

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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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