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Dubai Museum

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The Creek
As featured in 3 Days in Dubai and 3 other guides
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Address: Al Fahidi St | Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number:
+971 4 353 1862
08:30 - 20:30
Closed now
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Fri 14:00 - 20:30
Sat - Thu 08:30 - 20:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the...

This museum uses life-size dioramas to depict everyday Dubai life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life.

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Good to know culture and evolution of Dubai - a tourist destination

Nice place to see once the way people used to live, their homes, weapons, etc... Also it shows how Dubai has evolved as FAMOUS tourist destination from nothing

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice place to see once the way people used to live, their homes, weapons, etc... Also it shows how Dubai has evolved as FAMOUS tourist destination from nothing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Museum is much more interesting tha it's external look may suggest. Dubai's history is told in detail with many items exposed, reproduced scenes, maps, videos. I really enjoyed it. The ticket is really cheap for what it offers, only 3 dirhams.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When you arrive at the museum you may feel a tad disappointed as it is so small and unassuming...but wait till you get inside! It is FAR larger than it looks and thus is able to reveal so much about what Dubai was and how it has emerged into the place it is now. The displays and exhibits are exciting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The oldest standing structure in Dubai. Should take you around 45-60 min. Nice recreation of the historical times. You should take the boat ride once you visit the museum to get to the souks

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Superb history....Nice place to visit, get to learn more about Dubai....you have to walk in the museum....They displayed day view and night view of Dubai...there trading centers, traditional attires, utensils, weapons...If you love history should definitely visit the place.....

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Finally I visited the museum when we had visitors over. It was really interesting. Laid out well. Easy access for in and out. Very interesting for the children to see how Dubai has changed in such a short space of time. Would highly recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do not be fooled by the seemingly small building. Below ground is an amazing museum that seems to go on forever. Put aside a full morning. after being blown away by the Fort, take time to walk the streets for more culture of Dubai.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The place is located at the Fahdi Fort and its tells the humble beginning of Dubai. The Museum itself is a wonderful place to learn the history of Dubai. There are galleries at the Top and the basement leading to the exit. The galleries at the bottom take you through the history, the people, their trade, their lifestyle and many... More 

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At first for AED3 entry you think all you get is the plain fort walls and a couple of old boats, however the gallery downstairs takes you through the history of Dubai with interesting displays and easy to read storyboards. Appealing to all ages. Conveniently located next to Dubai mosque, old souk and Bastakia quarter. Thanks for the vote if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

See how it all began & taken in the rich cultural history. Another must & going around does not take very long. Recommend a visit in the morning hours (also to avoid when busy with tourists)

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Staying in The Creek

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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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