Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

See another side of Dubai at Al Fahidi Fort, detailing the history of the city and its people. Located within the grounds of a former fort--built in 1787, it is the oldest existing building in Dubai--the museum tells the story of trade and development in the city before the discovery of oil. Explore the main galleries for interesting exhibits and artifacts showing the local way of life, with particular focus on the 1800s and the independent traders and seafarers that lived in the port city at the time. Enjoy walking around the life-size replicas of family homes, a model mosque, and a recreated street market. Use our Dubai tour itinerary planning tool to arrange your visit to Al Fahidi Fort and other attractions in Dubai.
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  • October 5, 2017
    They charge 3 dirham per person..its a nice place where u get to know about history of dubai... its in bur dubai  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Dubai museum is okay nothing great will interest people who love history it depicts how Dubai became powerful from rags to riches till they excavated petroleum! It shows nearly full history till date!  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    We visited this underground museum as part of a tour. I wasn't expecting much, but the museum was very interesting and the contents were well displayed. I really appreciated the text on panels near th...  more »
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  • August 3, 2017
    The main museum in Dubai, it appeared to be a little insignificant next to all of the wondrous new buildings going up. Only opened in 1971 it shows the very interesting way of life of the people from the 1800's onwards. Fascinating glimpses of life before oil, (only found in the 1950's), when there was nothing more than fishing, pearl diving and sunshine.
  • August 14, 2017
    Really enjoyed visiting Al Fahidi Fort & museum. Lots of interesting information about local life and the fishing trade that once established this ever increasing metropolis. Don't forget to check out the underground museum, we almost missed out. Only 3DHS per person entry fee.
  • August 11, 2017
    Beautiful little tribute to Dubai's history. I've been here many times as a kid but seeing it as an adult for the first time gave me a lot more insight into the traditions and history of Dubai. Doesn't need a lot of time to get through so that's a plus.
  • July 24, 2017
    If you want to learn a little bit more about Dubai, apart from tall buildings, fast cars, and huge malls, it's a must visit place. When we came there it looked small from the outside, but after roaming around exhibition rooms at the entrance, we found out that there are plenty exhibits and halls to see at the lower ground level. I don't like museums because almost everything is behind the glass. But here you get to walk around and take a closer look, sit next to exhibits and take a picture. But please don't touch 🖐🚫 #1 rule in any museum. BTW entrance fee 3 AED only 👍 not a tourist but I loved it!)
  • August 8, 2017
    Its is a must visit place.. Don't miss it. Entrance fees only 3 dh & inside its well air conditioned. There's a shop inside sells books, photos, postcards & toys about Dubai. They also sell very good oud & Arabic perfumes but its a bit costly. Fort is one of the best museums in Dubai.

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