Amidst the ultra-new buildings of the city, Dubai Museum stands as a tribute to the Emirate’s history and traditional culture. Inside, visitors can learn more about Dubai’s transition from village to cutting-edge city through life-size dioramas, archaeological artefacts and interactive exhibits.
Visiting Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum is located in Al Fahidi Fort, which is believed to be Dubai’s oldest surviving building. The fort’s origins can be traced back to 1787, and in 1971 it was repurposed as a museum. The fort and its courtyard are particularly striking given the futuristic vision of Dubai’s current cityscape, many visitors regard Dubai Museum as a calm oasis in the old city.
Inside Dubai Museum, a variety of life size dioramas – models showcased behind glass – tell the story of traditional life in the Emirate. These include traditional scenes of Arab households, souks and mosques as well as offering insight into life in the desert and by the sea. Yet more exhibits pay homage to the local pearl diving industry.
Most of the galleries at Dubai Museum are underground in Al Fahidi Fort. On top of this space lies a dhow (a boat), as a tribute to Dubai’s traditional fishing heritage. It’s an intriguing glimpse into Dubai’s past that will fascinate even the most seasoned traveller.
Other historic attractions in Dubai
Dubai Museum is just one of the impressive historical attractions in the city - Dubai’s traditional gold and spice souks are popular shopping attractions with a sense of tradition. Other historical areas of interest include the Bastakiya and Shindagha districts, as well as Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Mosque.