Dubai Fort is situated at the south of Dubai Creek, at the Al Souk Al Kabir area which teems with vigorous trade and is close to the Ruler’s Court (the monarch’s divan). It was built back in 1787, about 200 years ago, as the premises of the monarch and a fort of defence, since it sat on the border of the urban Dubai at the time. A sturdy teak gate gives way to the central courtyard dotted with bronze cannons, traditional boats and an areesh (a palm-frond hut that was the kind of summer home most locals lived in until the middle of the 20th century). Flanking the courtyard are rooms with modest displays of instruments and weapons.


The main exhibit kicks off at the end of a spiraling ramp with a 10-minute video featuring historical Dubai highlights from the 1930s to the 2000s. From here, you cross the deck of a dhow to enter a mock souq with dioramas depicting shopkeepers and craftsmen at work, enhanced by light and sound effects as well as film footage. Other scenes show life at home, at Quran school, in the desert and at sea. The latter includes a small section on the tough life of pearl divers, who made up to 50 deep dives daily equipped with nothing but nose clips and leather finger gloves.


The visitors of Dubai Museum “Al Fahidi Fort” have an opportunity to get rich, full and integral knowledge of the very old history of Dubai that interacted with different people and civilizations across history. Visitors will get acquainted with the different environments of urban and rural lives in Dubai, whether they are marine, coastal, desert, mountain or agricultural life. Rare authentic monuments, original samples, drawings and diagrams, audio and video media are scattered all over the wings of the museum.


My visit to the Dubai Museum had been more than once, one when i was very curious as my very first days in Dubai to know about the place, the culture, the rich tradition and second with my summer camp kids. It was an amazing experience and i was really amazed to see the old and the new Dubai progressing a bit by bit every day.

The museum consists of the monuments wing, which displays antique monuments such as pottery, weapons, tombs, buildings and urban communities.



The wing of Dubai between the past and the present, the market in the 1950s wing, displays comprehensive examples reflecting the market atmosphere, vendors, shops and goods sold in those times.


There is also the traditional home and masjid wing, the oasis wing, desert, story of the water and desert at night.



There is also the astronomy and natural phenomena wing along with a sea wing that takes the visitor on a breathtaking tour to get to know shipbuilding and the manufacture of shipping equipment, the profession of pearl diving and the marine life on the floor of the Arabian Gulf.


Also, there is the folklore wing, as well as the weapons and Old Dubai fortification wing. In the centre of Fahidi Fort lies a spacious yard that is used for displaying models of local boats and bamboo houses with their traditional furniture.


The  archaeology section, which showcases finds from ancient settlements and tombs at Jumeirah, Al Qusais and other local archaeological sites that are believed to attest to the area’s settlement for around 4000 years.


A visit to Dubai Museum “Al Fahidi Fort” offers an opportunity to get acquainted with the history of Dubai, which gives an impression that Dubai’s current development, modernism and distinction are only a continuation of a journey of a unique and distinguished civilization that was subjected to different cultures and people. The comparison between old and modern Dubai, which are separated by a few number of years, show you the great, continuous efforts that led Dubai to its current state of progress and pioneering. It also consolidates the confidence that all that Dubai has become today is based on a deeply rooted civilization.


In short, it is a ‘must’ to halt at the Dubai Museum during a visit to Dubai. The hours of operation and fees are as below:

Timings : From Saturday to Thursday, from 8:30 until 20:30, and  

Fridays, from 14:30 to 20:30

Tickets : AED 3 for adults and AED 1 for children (under the age of 6)

Phone Number : 04-353 1862 and 600 560 000

Address : Al Fahidi area – Bur Dubai

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