The Dubai Heritage Village
The Dubai Heritage Village
3.5
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Top ways to experience The Dubai Heritage Village
The area
Neighborhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 4 min walk
  • Al Ghubaiba • 7 min walk
Reach out directly

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

3.5
427 reviews
Excellent
114
Very good
142
Average
87
Poor
53
Terrible
31

Mirela
4 contributions
Apr 2019
although i used to live in Dubai for few years before, i never went to the heritage village until this trip... was pleasantly surprised. felt like going back to the times the locals were living simpler lives, handcrafting beautiful artisanal pieces and sipping coffee...
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nomad19470970825
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Business
Take an immersive walk and explore some of the hidden cultural gems as you meander through the winding alleys with mud and gypsum walls with corals and sea shells that keep the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood cool even during the summer months. Some of the interesting ones to take you down the nostalgia lane are the Dubai museum, coin museum, dagger museum, coffee museum and the traditional Emirati house. In the earlier days, the Sheikhs families crushed the mother of pearls as the sunlight would reflect on them, making it easy for fishermen to find their way back to the harbour. You can also book a Cultural lunch or dinner with the local people here, while you interact with them and know about their Bedouin roots. End your walk with the Bur Dubai Spice market and a stroll through the Old Souk where you can unearth some real treasures and souvenirs at throwaway prices to take back home.
Written October 23, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,921 contributions
Jan 2023
Created in 1997 after most of traditional Dubai had already been demolished to make way for skyscrapers and modern apartment blocks. The heritage village is not like Disney land, but sometimes feels a bit like it. The purpose of the place is to acquaint foreign visitors with old traditions of Dubai (what kind of food people ate, the boats they built, pottery they made, in what kind of houses or shelters they lived, their cultural expression etc.).

Worth a visit if you are interested in what Dubai was like before the big transition.

Located north of Ghubaiba metro station along the creek.
Written February 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Doug B
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States697 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We spent a lot of effort taking the metro to get to this place, only to discover it is closed due to extensive construction in the area. There is no signage to indicate that fact until you arrive--after some arduous walking through the construction.
Written November 21, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sahar Palmer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates24 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
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 months, November to April. You can walk around, sit by the creek, right by the water, watch the activities, then stroll down cross the creek on a water taxi, and walk around the spice market- a true Aladdin's treasure. Then have lunch, or afternoon tea, by the creek café once you disembark form the water taxi.

If you have more time, you can walk around the old houses, homes to the founders of Dubai, walk into the houses, and see how the people lived. The houses have been resorted really well.

There are many local museums to discover too. I really enjoyed the private Museum Crossroad of Civilizations, which is housed in Sheik Hashr Al Maktoum. The entrance fee may seem steep in comparison to governmental run museums, however, I found that it is well worth it. The owner is often there himself. He is very friendly, and his enthusiasm is catchy!

They have a wonderful gift shop, and large courtyard where you can sit and leisurely sip your coffee or tea. Recently, the owner expanded his museum to include Historical documents and books, and new galleries, and of course the Ancient weaponry Museum.

I was thrilled to see music written by Beethoven, for example, and collection of rocks from the Holy land, where Virgin Mary stood and Jesus! The galleries are well lit and you can browse at leisure.

The whole of heritage village deserves a day. But if you arrive in the summer, the sun is scorching, it seems deserted, and there is not a shade in sight- except to wonder into the museums!
Written November 22, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JeniefromDubai
Dubai, UAE5 contributions
For those people who had never been to Dubai, it's worth to say that there's not a lot of history in this city of modern technologies and skyscrapers. But this sightseeing spot is one of those rare in Dubai, which will give you an idea of what this place looked like around 100 years ago. It's very nice to head there around 4-5 pm, when the heat of the day is gone and take a relaxing stroll through the tiny wavy streets and explore the hidden courteyards. It's not a big village though, but quite an interesting place to visit, especially taking into account the proximity of the other sightseeing spots and some hotels where you can get a drink after.
Written March 24, 2009
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

corrinemckay2
London, UK2 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Entered the village to see a camel been chained up looking very distressed with markings all over its body from what looked like being abused, made to sit in a metal enclosure all day the size of a box room.

Then further I walked I saw ducks what wet strung up by there legs to trees when I asked why a man replied with “ it will eat it’s own chicks “ the chicks were left alone in the blazing sun with stray cats around them ready to pounce and eat them.

A poor bull tied up in a mud pit the size of a box room with no space to even lie down.

It’s not culture it is cruelty and I will certainly not be returning.

Please be aware of this before visiting.
Written May 17, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nancy E L
Toronto, Canada61 contributions
Sep 2019
THis is a 30-45 minute side trip. It looks like what you would see in the movies, houses, vendors (selling touristy stuff at high prices). I like the "desert/camp" area. Nothing special, but informative about living/camps in the deserts. Overall, it gives you a sense of life as it was 50-60 years ago. Really, nothing special, but interesting to see Once. But I would not do it twice.
Written November 18, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MarkusV87
Lochen, Oberosterreich, Austria22 contributions
Dec 2015
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.
Written November 1, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SkenderBeg_Easy
Kosovo92 contributions
Mar 2015 • Family
Been there and done that, seen U.A.E Heritage Village, it is perfect (not like one where I grew up :) ) If you are planing to visit Dubai, please add it to your list and you will enjoy!
Written April 9, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 240
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

The Dubai Heritage Village - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Frequently Asked Questions about The Dubai Heritage Village




The Dubai Heritage Village Information

Excellent Reviews

114

Very Good Reviews

142

The Dubai Heritage Village Photos

468