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  • Address: Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi Street, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Hours: Sat–Thurs 8:30am–8:30pm; Fri 2:30–8:30pm
  • Admission: 3 AED

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Dubai Museum

Set inside the 1787 Al Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum opened in 1971 following the building's original use as protection against pirates and marauders. Today, the museum recounts the emirate's history up until the days before the oil boom forever altered its skyline.

Dioramas and artifacts—including weapons, tomb relics and pottery pieces—offer a glimpse at what daily life was like for Dubai's earliest communities, while life-sized recreations of the city's early souks and wharfs bring the past to life. Other exhibits recount the rise of the merchant trade, as well as Dubai's maritime history, with an exhibit covering pearl divers and their harrowing methods of collection in 50-foot-deep waters.

A terrific example of a desert fort and a highlight on city tours,
the museum features a central courtyard that houses several traditional boats, bronze cannons and a traditional palm frond hut that was a typical dwelling in the area until the mid-20th century.

Insider's Tip: Despite being in the oldest building in Dubai, the museum is completely air conditioned, making it a perfect way to spend an hour or so during the hottest part of the afternoon.

Practical Info

To reach the Dubai Museum, either walk along Al Fahidi Street through the backstreets of Bastakia or make your way there from Bur Dubai Souq. The site is accessible via public bus and metro, while there is also parking nearby.

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