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The Dubai Heritage Village

The Creek
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Address: Entrance of the Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Phone Number: +971 (0)4 393 7151
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

Located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth, the Dubai Heritage Village...

Located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth, the Dubai Heritage Village (Hatta Village) provides a glimpse into Dubai’s traditional culture and lifestyle, including Emirate’s maritime history, pearl diving traditions and architecture. Displays include a tented Bedouin village, ancient armory, wooden chests and cooking utensils.

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I was traveling Dubai on one of their tourist buses and as we were driving down a road we passed the Dubai Heritage Village. We jumped off and with our three children (14,12 and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bath, United Kingdom
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was traveling Dubai on one of their tourist buses and as we were driving down a road we passed the Dubai Heritage Village. We jumped off and with our three children (14,12 and 10) thought we would have a look around. Various exhibits of old houses with explanations of which parts of the country they were from and how... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You experience the struggle that the first descendants of Dubai faced, the hard work they did and the hard times they had in those times. Dubai Heritage Village is worth paying a visit and riding the time machine that transcends to those times. A good place to capture your photographs in rural background.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nicely setup with bite sized info to give a highlight on the heritage scene with some nice photo opportunities for photography lovers

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is nothing to see here..at least in September 21 2016. I believe there is some construction going on..not sure. Anyways you will only see a couple of old tent like houses and some ruins. Do not waste your time here !!! Go direct to the museum and then ride the boat to gold souk.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Dropped here by a coach,only to find it was shut for renovations! Walked around in the searing heat,the drink kiosk was open and one or two shops.Nothing else in the area at all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Lots of shops offering local and foreign souvenirs in traditional Persian style houses. Sometimes can find shows or women colouring hands with henné Some art galleries antique shops and Arab clothes.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

This heritage village was under construction 90% of all. But there was not any information before we was going there incide! Broken plastic chair in the area, sands and rubish in more of areas! Almost nothing to see really! I understand that it is out of season but....way are you don't think about turists , I tink that it will... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

This place is an outdoor area where it display Dubai heritage. Its display Old heritage house, their way of living and many more. They have few local cafe where you can chill for shisha and there also a ride on camel booth. Nothing much here, but if you like to kill the time and take selfie maybe you can spend... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

How about stepping back into the ancient history and the story of the founding of Dubai. Both exhibits and a walking tour are part of the tour/ It is included as free attraction as part of Big Red Bus Tour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Here you can see and understand the overall views of the local Heritage.. Way of living, market , old jobs and activities.. all as it was in the past.. Great to visit during the festivals and official events, where the village is officially opened with full activities

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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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