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“Interesting view of the past” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Heritage Village

Heritage Village
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$88.00*
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Abu Dhabi All-Day Tour
Ranked #23 of 139 things to do in Abu Dhabi
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Owner description: A living exhibition of the lifestyle and traditions of Bedouin and other cultures.
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“Interesting view of the past”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

Visiting this heritage village gives a very brief view of the past and the lifestyle of the people there. The artisan buildings are well worth the price of admission and if you take the time to talk to these individuals, you will learn much about their crafts and see them at work. Be sure to take enough time to visit each various heritage displays and each of the artisans as this is what the heritage village is about -- not the tourist stalls that line the main walkway with "junk" items that are not representative of the people and their way of life. The village itself is small and very limited in its explanation as to the way of life of the people 50 years ago; other museums in the UAE have much more information, pictures, displays. The view across the water to the main area of Abu Dhabi is beautiful and clearly demonstrates how far the UAE has come since the first oil was exported from the Abu Dhabi area in 1969.

Visited June 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“A small glimpse of their past”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

There are only hints in the small museum and static displays of what Abu Dhabi was like before 1960. or thereabouts .It's only when you look across the bay at the City of today that you get a feeling for the enormous changes that have taken place over the last 50 or so years, and the tremendous impact that these changes must have had on the people. Their success deserves more recognition.

Visited February 2014
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England
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“Heritage village”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

An interesting visit if you are in the vicinity. Perhaps visiting Marina Mall or the Emirates Palace.
We don't think it is worth the journey just to see it.
If you go just bear in mind it is not the picture you see in a lot of brochures. That is the old one we presume. It is right at the end of that road however.

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Quite good value.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited this village as part of a package deal. The day we visited it was about 40c so was quite warm. I suggest bringing plenty of water, hats and sun screen and money. There are quite a few souvenir stalls with a reasonable range of good. The museum, tho' small had many interesting artefacts, including many old photographs. The artisan section is well worth a visit especially the glass and leather, but it is not cheap. Some exhibits were not open the day we were there, but I could see into the rooms and there is also a Bedouin tent on display. It appears to be an actual display of an early village and I can recommend the site to the traveller.

Visited May 2014
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Leuven, Belgium
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

If you need a first impression, how the People lived, how they starter with agriculture, ... it's a reconstruction of lot of things, but it gives a good idea what is was, in the past.

Visited June 2014
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