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The Dubai Heritage Village

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The Creek
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai and 1 other guide
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Address: Entrance of the Dubai Creek, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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+971 4 393 7151
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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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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Heritage of UAE in Dubai..

I visited this place with my wife and sons years back. We liked it very much and had chances to know about the culture. Particularly about their attire , food and the way of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 27, 2016
Ashoka t
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

I really love this place because it's an open area where you can feel the authenticity of the old life of Dubai. They have some ladies making fresh flat Bread called rigag and sweets like legemat. I really miss this place because now it's shut down there's some construction in the area and I'm not sure if they are bringing... More 

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Thank Donna L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I visited this place with my wife and sons years back. We liked it very much and had chances to know about the culture. Particularly about their attire , food and the way of living etc., We four of us took pictures in local attire which we still keep as memory. This is place also as usual very well maintained... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

If visiting Dubai and only seeing skyscrapers, wondering about the history (however recent) about this country, do go here to get a glimpse of local culture, crafts, food and lifestyle.

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Tehran Province, Iran
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

hi it was very calm place and i saw some of traditional bazara there and some of women were making bread by their hands and fresh

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Thank Mahboobeh F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Hi really liked wandering around here. At times not everything was open and there's no really easy way to find out what is open when but it was nice anyway.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

The creek is probably as it ever was in times long gone. However, the Dhow cargo ships ARE still actively sailing through the creek, carrying cargo as they did in the past. The creek and heritage village are truly charming, but no in the summer- it is almost too hot to enjoy anything. Heritage village is best in the cooler... More 

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4 Thank Sahar H
Anand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Good historical collection. One should know what Dubai was just before 50 years. This can help one to understand how economy can be boosted.

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Thank MukeshDave
Lochen, Oberosterreich, Austria
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

My opinion is that your time is to worthy to spend it on this place. Here's a camel museum, some photographs of past sheiks of Dubai, a historic air conditioner and a small souvenir shop. That's it.

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

It was nice to find a bit of history in this place and felt we should support it, yet it could / should have been better. Perhaps it was wrong of me to want to find out what made Dubai it is today? Nice visit but quiet dark and dusty. Felt it could have been so much more. Come on... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

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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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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