Heritage Village
Heritage Village
3.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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A living exhibition of the lifestyle and traditions of Bedouin and other cultures.
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  • Narmatha
    Petaling Jaya, Malaysia127 contributions
    Heritage Village is a must
    This is a must too when you visit Abu Dhabi. This place has a number of things to do. First, shopping. Things are way cheaper here compare to Dubai. You can even negotiate the price. Camel ride is available here too. Next, the museum. Showcasing of numerous stuffs are here. Next, traditional handicrafts centre. What people were doing before the modernise UAE is here. Wood carving, leather making, carpet making, pottery and many more is available here for us to see live. It’s a place that tourist must check it out.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 February 2023
  • Elaine A
    Chester, United Kingdom20 contributions
    Learn about life in old United Arab Emirates
    Our visit here gave us great insight into how people would have lived originally in the UAE. We saw tents made with camel hair, some live animals - a camel, horse, goats and an ox. There are traditional handicrafts made in UAE selling at a fraction of the price elsewhere. The small museum gives a history of pearl fishing and there are large wooden boats moored up which were once used in rowing races. This is a little oasis away from modern city life. Travel by private car or taxi. Entrance is free and you don’t need a tour guide.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2023
  • Melanie F
    Tampere, Finland8 contributions
    Explore it in your own pace!
    We visited this place without a tour and that was totally OK. People were really friendly and helpful. Note however: - Bring your own water, there is none for sale. - There are tourist souvenir stands, which were rather inexpensive, compared to other places we saw, BUT only cash payment. - There is no taxi stand in front of this place. And there were people offering us "private rides" which looked a bit like scam. Make sure to have a taxi number to call or walk to the nearby mall (about 15 mins).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 December 2023
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,401 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
All right for a quick look around, but don't spend too much time, it is quite a tourist trap really, and there are more interesting sights.
Written 14 February 2024
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davidhughtaylor
Melbourne, Australia600 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
small exhibition area trying to preserve this history and arts, crafts and traditions of the emirates before destroyed by the massive oil wealth. Most exhibits were closed and was also a couple of small museums with semi-random poorly labelled displays on the history. There was a few tourist souvenir stalls that were the main activity for the bus loads of selfie-taking tourists turning up. wasnt worth the time and effort to get here. If you are staging thru Abu Dhabi airport and need to spend a day in town then one of theme park on Yas Island already near the theme park would be a better use of your time
Written 31 January 2024
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TrueIndian
Indian202 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Heavily crowded as a lot of tour buses visit this place.
Entry is free
Very difficult to find a taxi on return so it is better to use an app
Depicts Bedouin life style of yester years in form of their living spaces, animals etc
A lot of shops selling local handicrafts
A small museum and shops showing local artisans at work
No food is available
There is a small beach with no access
Total time required is approximately 30 minutes
Written 27 January 2024
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Melanie F
Tampere, Finland8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We visited this place without a tour and that was totally OK. People were really friendly and helpful.
Note however:
- Bring your own water, there is none for sale.
- There are tourist souvenir stands, which were rather inexpensive, compared to other places we saw, BUT only cash payment.
- There is no taxi stand in front of this place. And there were people offering us "private rides" which looked a bit like scam. Make sure to have a taxi number to call or walk to the nearby mall (about 15 mins).
Written 1 December 2023
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Rebecca D
Oslo, Norway2 contributions
Oct 2023
I visited heritage village in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago. The conditions for the animals are very bad. The horse was very skinny and looked malnourished and the camel seemed very unhappy and agitated. The bull/ ox lived in a terribly small quarter.

Otherwise Heritage Village is quite run down and can do with an upgrade. It is so important for people to understand the history of the UAE and the heritage village would have been a great resource to do so but clearly there is no investment or interest in doing this.
Written 7 November 2023
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MF018
The Woodlands, TX404 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
It is nice to see a replica of an old Emirates village, their tents and costumes. It was an old fort and fisherman village, before Abu Dhabi became full of $$$$$.

Do not drink the water. Here as also around Dubaï there drinking fountain that says the water is safe and cold. My wife drink the water and had 3 days in misery with gastrointestinal infection.

Abu Dhabi government should be more careful ! !
Written 4 November 2023
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ProfMRC
Mandaluyong, Philippines3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
The Heritage Village was built in 1997 and is really showing it's age. Worth a visit only if you have time to kill...and if the weather outside is pleasant. Went in mid-September and it was a mandatory stop on the tour. Given a choice, would have skipped it. With the heat and humidity, the 15 minute photostop was 15 minutes too long. Even the people working there looked like they wanted to leave and would if they could.

Getting there and out was longer than the visit itself. Would have preferred a longer stop somewhere else. I would imagine tour operators are under some pressure to show off this place? It was free entry when we went...so one wonders what funds the upkeep and how can any improvements be made if there is no revenue.

If it's part of a tour you booked...15 minutes is truly enough. But if travelling independently, it's not worth the taxi fare. Skip it.
Written 23 September 2023
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Michel P
Montreal, Canada56 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Nothing to see. Very boring. In and out in 15 mins. Luckily it’s free but still not worth the time. Spend your time elsewhere
Written 19 May 2023
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Elaine A
Chester, UK20 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Our visit here gave us great insight into how people would have lived originally in the UAE. We saw tents made with camel hair, some live animals - a camel, horse, goats and an ox.
There are traditional handicrafts made in UAE selling at a fraction of the price elsewhere.
The small museum gives a history of pearl fishing and there are large wooden boats moored up which were once used in rowing races.
This is a little oasis away from modern city life.
Travel by private car or taxi. Entrance is free and you don’t need a tour guide.
Written 4 April 2023
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Mandy H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates189 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This seems to be a stop off for every tour group in the city. The tiny parking lot was crowded with large tour buses (there is no official bus parking anywhere) and small tours in big, poorly parked land cruisers. It was hard to find parking for this venue to start with.

Our entrance today was free, which was a lovely surprise. Unfortunately, many of the buildings were closed (people on lunch?) and the other buildings were crowded with tourists. There seemed to be no employees around to explain anything. I wish there were more signs / interactive displays / demonstrations demonstrating life in the UAE during the time that this village would have stood.

The “shopping” area is full of imported crap, some of which isn’t even for Abu Dhabi. There are items with Doha, Qatar on it and some with Dubai.

Overall, I would say you could skip this place.
Written 1 April 2023
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