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The Dubai Heritage Village

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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
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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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Read before you go..!!! Nothing to see

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars 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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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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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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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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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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