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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 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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Old Photos of Dubai

Situated at the side of the creek the house contains old photos, coins, & documents that explain some of the history of Dubai. We visited in the evening when we could watch the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 18, 2016
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to wander around here. There were not many people so it was nice and peaceful. It was good to learn the history.

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Tehran Province, Iran
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i did not like that as we have more better than it in our country and also,it is necessasry some one help us for explain about the history clearly and about him that we knew and when i visited there no one help me and it was very simple and it did not attract me!

Thank Mahboobeh F
Stirling, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Apparently the oldest house in Dubai. Free to enter and browse around. Lots of colourful rooms to wander through and admire the art and various memorabilia. No guide leaflets that I could find which is a shame because this was an interesting site. Coffee house adjacent selling some appetising snacks.

Thank Colin G
Yoxall, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

After you pop into the small office to find someone to purchase a ticket off you realise this isn't a "Normal" museum. It does however display a lot of interesting pictures of old Dubai, interesting coins , interesting stamps and pictures of sheiks. It's a pleasant old building with views across the creek so worth a visit as the Suns... More 

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Situated at the side of the creek the house contains old photos, coins, & documents that explain some of the history of Dubai. We visited in the evening when we could watch the illuminated dhows sail up & down the creek

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We understood that this complex was an important part of United Arab Emirates history, but didn't find it really that terribly interesting. Perhaps if we had had nothing else to do it would've made more sense to go here, but there were other places we could have gone to. It's mostly photographs and documents that you're going here to look... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This is the home of the man who started the change of Dubai from its humble origins to where it is today. It's an amazing insight into the recent history of this incredible town, and also shares some of the story of the ruling family with lots of photos and old documents and artifacts. It's located in the old part... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

This house is in the older part of Dubai. And I liked the old part the best. Situated at the creek with a nice walk along. Go there at sunset for great pictures.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

If you are interested about history and past stories of cities, this is the place to know how Dubai started.. This Gem contain the information about the keys events and chages in dubai history.. Also, it is the main house of the royal family of Dubai... Lots to know and explore within this Great House.. Always recommended

Thank Hassan H
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

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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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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