Although Dubai may be better known for its skyscrapers and contemporary architecture, as well as an impressive number of world records
, the city has a fascinating history. As a way of honoring Dubai’s past, the city has a variety of museums that pay homage to the huge advances the city has made, from the time of the Bedouins to the place we know today.
For those looking to better understand the city’s history from beginning to present day, the Dubai Museum is the ideal destination. Located near the Dubai Creek, one of the most traditional areas in Dubai, the museum was build inside the Al Fahidi Fort, which dates back to 1787. The museums offers visitors the chance to walk along Dubai’s history from beginning to now, with models of people, animals and places telling its story. This is an immersive and interesting way of getting to know Dubai and all that it’s been through.
Dubai Museum, Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, +971 4 353 1862
This is the newest museum to open its doors in Dubai, and undoubtedly the city’s most impressive one as well. The Etihad Museum is focused on teaching visitors about the story of the founding of the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the exact spot where the country was founded in 1971, and allows people to better understand the time period when the seven Emirates were united to become the UAE. The museum provides an interactive and educational experience for its visitors and is definitely a must visit for all history lovers.
Etihad Museum, 1 Jumeirah Street, +971 4 515 5771
Hatta Heritage Village
Located in the outskirts of Dubai, Hatta Heritage Village dates back to 2,000-3,000 years ago. The village was renovated and opened for visiting in 2001, allowing tourists to get an immersive experience as to what life was like in the mountainous area of Hatta and what an ancient village in the area looked like. Visitors have the opportunity to walk among original buildings, as well as two castles and a fort – as well as check out original prototypes, models and even weapons.
Hatta Heritage Village, Hatta, +9714 852 1374
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House was built in 1896 and is an important part of the history of Dubai. This was the home to Dubai’s ruling family, the Al Maktoum family, until 1958. The house takes the name of the ruler of Dubai and resident of the house at the time, the late Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. It is now open to visitors as a museum and displays a part of Dubai’s history – from historic photographs of the royal family to collections of jewelry, coins and stamps. This is the ideal place to better understand how life has changed for the royal family in the Emirate in the last century.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Al Shindagha, +971 4 393 7139
In order to catch a glimpse of Dubai’s historic neighborhood, tourists should head for Al Bastakiya. The area dates back to the 1890s and is a fantastic way to better understand life in Dubai before the city boomed. With traditional buildings that remind people of a time before skyscrapers, Al Bastakiya allows tourists to walk around the neighborhood and spend a day in the Dubai of yesterday. Here, visitors can also find The Majlis Gallery, the perfect place to admire art while immersing themselves in culture.
Al Bastakiya, Al Hamriya, Bur Dubai, +971 4 515 5000
This is the perfect museum for all coffee lovers – the Coffee Museum is located in the Al Bastakiya area and allows visitors to learn about regional and international coffee history through antique items. The museum is situated in a traditional building and provides visitors with a cozy and relaxing atmosphere to embrace their love of both coffee and history. The museum intends to better educate visitors about coffee culture, as well as allow them to taste regional Arabic coffee and other international flavors.
Coffee Museum, Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Al Bastakiya, +971 4 353 8777