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Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

(3.9/5 based on 5,000+ reviews on the web)
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. For Al Fahidi Fort and beyond, use our Dubai vacation planner to get the most from your Dubai vacation.
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  • Situated in the oldest part of town :Al Fahidi, this museum leads you through Dubai's history. You see how it grew from a small fishing village to the utltra modern city it is now. Unforfutately, most...  more »
  • We arrived at Dubai Museum around 7pm..we did not there is an underground floor until we were being guided by the Executive of Heritage Site Dept Essa Javir.. He is so informative and passionate in ex...  more »
  • Here you can see what Dubai looks like a few years ago. I would recommend anyone to take a look at the Museum. Cost is very low with 3 dirhams per person. Super, you can combine this trip with the textile and the gold Souk.
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  • Nice place with interesting exhibits. You can spend few hours here if you want to read all the descriptions and see everything. You can learn about history of Dubai, and about life of Arabs before the oil. I would give 5 stars if all the descriptions were readable. Some of them were poorly lit, some were worn out. Still most of them were good. Worth the visit.
  • The exhibits are good and gives you an appreciation for Dubai's history, how far they've come, how they did it, and how quickly they did it. Downside is the layout does not accommodate the high volume of traffic that they get these days. Droves of tour buses showing up means you can barely walk around and enjoy the museum. They should probably implement some form of crowd control.
  • A historical place telling the history of Dubai A Must See The place is located at the Fahdi Fort and its tells the humble beginning of Dubai. The Museum itself is a wonderful place to learn the history of Dubai. There are galleries at the Top and the basement leading to the exit. The galleries at the bottom take you through the history, the people, their trade, their lifestyle and many more. It is a wonderful place and a must visit in Dubai. The place could have been more interactive with some fun activities for Kids and elders to learn culture. The disconnect was the journey from such humble beginning to such great height today.
  • Well kept museum. Loved the exhibits. Having lived as an expatriate in the Middle East it brought back fond memories of days long past.
  • A small rarity in the ever changing Dubai landscape. It resides in the oldest building in the city and it has an aged charm to it. It is decently informative on the local culture predating the oil boom and for the low entry price of AED 3, it is definitely a solid tourist point.