Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

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Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House

Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House
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This home-turned-museum's courtyard, wind tower and other characteristics exemplify regional architecture.
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Neighborhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ghubaiba • 5 min walk
  • Al Ras • 5 min walk

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Yousaf 7
Dubai, United Arab Emirates448 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
This is right on the creek of Dubai better visit at evening it is very near to Bur Dubai bus stand metro station and abra docks. A beautiful historic house some times cultural exhibitions also held here. Must visit if you are visiting first time Dubai i really enjoy with my family.
Written August 3, 2017
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almaziad
Diryah, Saudi Arabia892 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
We visited this place and found a charming little house. It is a reconstructed old Emirati house "Palace" which will take you no more than 20 minutes to tour. There a traditional restaurant just outside the house and the area around it is very pleasant to walk. Here is my review:

Pros:
1. Free entry
2. Representative of Emirati old palaces
3. Nice area around it for walking

Cons:
1. Not good for visit during the hot/humid season of Dubai
Written April 20, 2017
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Jim D
Cairns, Australia187 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
A short walk along Dubai Creek we found this house gave us an insight to the grand houses of years gone by.

A listed national monument. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House was built in in the late 1800's and now serves to present photographs and mementos from the past.

It was interesting to learn about how the cooling towers functioned as the buildings were quite cool despite not having air conditioning and also uncover the way of life of this Grand Ruler of Dubai in the days before oil became such an important asset for the region. Views of the city from the roof are well worth a few photos.

When you visit the house do not miss out on a visit to the "Camel Museum" which is in the same complex. Don't miss this attraction.
Written February 1, 2014
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JT_Jon
Kolkata (Calcutta), India201 contributions
Dec 2013 • Family
The former seat of the local government, the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum (grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed), overlooks the mouth of the Creek at Shindagha and is listed as a national monument.

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum's House was built in 1896 from coral covered in lime and sand plaster. Sheikh Al-Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai from 1912 until his death in 1958, and his house was restored over two decades ago. It is now home to old photographs, coins, stamps and a collection of historic documents.

Address: Al Shindagha Rd
Closest Metro : Al Ghubaiba
Written January 16, 2014
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RioLimerick
Limerick23 contributions
A travel guide recommended this house as a must see...complete waste of time and off the beaten track.

Go if you enjoy going into empty rooms with black and white pictures on the walls!

Not one of my Dubai highlights.
Written January 24, 2008
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Parastoooo
Tehran, Iran918 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
It is an old house, located in historical part of Dubai. Just 10 minuets walk from Al Ghubaiba Metro Station (Green Line).
Written February 5, 2017
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drjandthemissus
Dubai744 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
I visited Sheikh Saeed’s house with my in-laws on a weekday in January, paying 5 AED per person for admission ($1.25 or 1 Euro).

Sheikh Saeed was the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958 and visiting his family’s home provides a glimpse of old Dubai. The house illustrates how multiple generations and extended family lived in the same traditional courtyard house. It’s possible to visualize how rooms would have been used by the family. The house is filled with old photographs of the family and the city, with information about sailing and pearling, with old documents, and with old coins and stamps. Everything is clearly labeled in English.

Dubai is short on authentic cultural experiences and the information provided here is great. I’ve been here more than once and I strongly recommend this place to anyone who hasn’t been – be they visitors or residents of Dubai – especially if they have an interest in history. It’s fascinating to see some of the leaders of modern Dubai in photos as children – and to see how much their world has changed in their lifetimes. As a side note, Sheikh Saeed’s house is near the Dubai Museum and the Shiekh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding – I recommend visiting all three when you’re in this part of the city.
Written February 5, 2015
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David-IrvineCA
Irvine, California USA176 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
It was interesting for the building and the photos of old Dubai. And, if you didn't realize it when you came, you are in the early home of the ruling family of Dubai. So, it has historical importance. It is worth a visit if you are in this part of the city.

Otherwise, if your real intent is insight into how an upscale family might have lived in Dubai years ago, I recommend the Heritage House in the Deira neighborhood.

Also, nearby is the Traditional Architectural Museum which explains how the buildings were constructed and restored.

The entrance fee in very small.
Written September 10, 2014
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lady_dee79
Denpasar, Indonesia77 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
This is a good place to get more information about the history of Dubai. The collection of pictures, tools, coins explains us about the development of the city. It's also give description about middle east architecture. unfortunately they don't have expert people who stand by in the museum to ask. because I was so curious why they have small and narrow door. there are no food stall in the museum but you can get food beside the creek. It's very interesting place but not many people come to visit.
Written June 16, 2014
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thebluenewt
London, UK42 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
Getting there involves a very pleasant walk along the creek and it costs next to nothing. It contains some fascinating photos of Dubai pre-oil and it's amazing to see the relatively modest home of a man who ruled Dubai. I imagine the current Sheikh has larger wardrobes. There was about 3 other people in there when I visited which is a shame but also pretty pleasant,.
Written April 10, 2014
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