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Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

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Address: Al Khaleej Rd | Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 (0)4 393-7139

This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics...

This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics exemplify regional architecture.

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A very interesting insight into Dubai's past!

The Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum House occupies a picturesque site along the Dubai Creek. Comprised of a complex of several low-rise, sandy coloured buildings dating from the early... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Robbie N
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum House occupies a picturesque site along the Dubai Creek. Comprised of a complex of several low-rise, sandy coloured buildings dating from the early 20th century and refurbished in the classical Arab style, the centre is worth a visit for an insight into the photographic galleries and other exhibits on display giving a view of old Dubai.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I think this place is a must visit for the residents of Dubai as we are more familiar with the names of Royal family members. This house has been excellently restored, looks quite ordinary & reminds of a village house in India but when you enter each room, there are automatic sensors that switch on the lights and air conditioning.... More 

Thank Soumya N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a traditional-style house at the side of the creek, built around a courtyard, with 4 wind towers. It was originally the residence of the present ruler's grandfather and now houses photographic displays of UAE history. I found the photos of life pre-oil fascinating. The entrance fee was AED 3 (next to nothing!) and all the interiors are air... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

good place for tourists to visit the previous rulers fathers house in old town of dubai. they have maintained it well and made a museum out of it. popular among tourists.

Thank mitena
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

The display is housed in an old arab style house, with each room contaiing diffferent displays that generally have a photographic display of the UAE history. Very informative and highly recommended. Suggest going later in the afternoon to avoid the heat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Near Dubai Museam, we went to this traditional house. I think our Ahmedia heritage house and the school is more traditional than this house.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

the old residence of Sheikh Saeed, the grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, there are some photographic displays, and an early history of the family, its worth a look if you are in the area. I enjoyed the architecture (different to what I am used to). Its only a few Dirhams entry as well.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Nothing to see and difficult to find as there are no signs for the tourists. We enjoyed the Dubai Museum, so we are not difficult people, however, the Sheikh's house had absolutely nothing to offer. Rather go to the Dubai Museum if this is your kind of thing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I personally enjoyed this visit. Very interesting photographs and documents showing the development of Dubai. Also maps and descriptions done by Colonial Britain. I am a resident of Dubai and I already know a bit of its history, maybe that's why I enjoyed this place. My mother who accompanied me was a first time tourist and I felt that she... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

The residential quarters of the former Sheikh. Typical old city construction - mud colored, double storied, open courtyard, wind towers, terrace overlooking the creek. Interesting museum. Restored, well maintained and clean. Well worth spending some time here. Work straight down fro the RTA Water Station.

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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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