Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

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Gain insight into the country's traditional culture and folklore at Heritage Village, a life-size reconstruction of a desert village. Walk through the replica town, admiring the architecture of a bygone era, as well as the village's simple arrangement and separate living areas. Learn about traditional agricultural methods, and visit the mosque for a glimpse into the primary role that faith has played in the history of the country. Watch a demonstration of traditional artisanal techniques, such as pottery and glassblowing, and try your hand at making your own little memento to take home with you. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Heritage Village and many more Abu Dhabi attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Abu Dhabi family vacation planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    im not sure the idea of having such a place open for public with really bad condition. i only liked the museum area with old photos and historical items. all other areas were with bad smell, cats with...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    nice view of the corniche and the city, for the rest... it was a little hot... and Yes to 45 degrees in the shade...
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  • August 14, 2017
    Place to see to understand life in abu dhabi before oil, there is a small souvenir shops and emblematic animal of the Emirates. Admission is free and possibility to have a drink by the sea with the view opposite on the ledge.
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  • September 4, 2017
    Great place for touring. Amazing arabic restaurant. You get an amazing view of abu dhabi skyline from here
  • July 24, 2017
    We stopped for about 40 minutes on a tour and it was not enough. As mentioned there are areas showing how life was lived, trades and so on. There is enough to keep you occupied for an hour or more - especially if you visit the trades and talk to the people there - really very interesting.
  • March 20, 2017
    The village was opened to the public in 1996 and is administered by the Emirates Heritage Club . It was intended to reflect the identity of the Emirati people and their traditional life in contrast with the fast growing modern life there. The village stretches on more than 1600 square meters. Its corners tell the story of the past through small models of all the everyday life details that the ancestors had had before oil. In one corner of the village, you can see the life of the people who live by the sea and how they adapted to that kind of life. You can see the sea and how small local fishing boats were made. You can see lots of the see tools that were used in fishing. In another corner, you can see the farm life and how the ancestors used small canals for irrigation . If you move forward a little bit, you will see a traditional folk-market with some little shops of so many local handcrafts made of leather, wood, copper and glass.
  • July 19, 2017
    Are you in UAE, you must have to visit Heritage Village. The village is located in the break water area where the biggest flag of UAE located ,You will learn every cultural life, style of living, custom, early days history, value of Emiratis, so and so. The village organized as the same way of the old generation how dealing with daily activities. A wonderful spot to understand from the Emirates start and riced where with there values.
  • August 29, 2017
    Simply gorgeous, there is no words to describe this place. Must visit

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