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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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Heritage at its Best

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
London ontario
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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London ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We had high hopes for this but, when we arrived, found all the huts to be padlocked! So, all we could do was walk round the outsides of the huts. There were some abras to look at, and there was the odd display outside a couple of the huts, but I was expecting a grand scale historic view of old... More 

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Crawley UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Agree with other reviewers here in that this place is not at all interesting. There are a few straw and wooden huts with artificial mud lamps. There is a small exhibit showing olden days Dubai aerial photographs and original decrees signed by the Rulers. And thats about it! SO it is easily skippable in case you have limited time. However... More 

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

A good place to learn the culture of the Emirati people. It offers a different scenery from downtown dubai.

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Muscat Governorate, Oman
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

It full of crowd and long distance from Dubai city. One time visit is not a problem to have look and experience variety stalls.

Thank grajesh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

It is open (not an air conditioner), so avoid to visit around noon timings. It highlights Architecture, House, livings of old Arab (before Oil). Can be covered in half day city tour. From back side of heritage village, there is a very good scenic view of Dubai creek.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

If it is part of your city tour, please request the guide to change and take you to another place or the Dubai Museum. There is nothing much to see and it is not so well organised.

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Warragul, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

One of the stops on hop on hop off bus which made it sound really good. However although open there was no one around except a few souvenir shops. I think it may open later but we wouldn't have bothered going there if we had known this. I can't recommend it as there are many other better attractions.

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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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