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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  • Dubai Museum is worth a visit. It provides - for little money - a good insight into Dubai's history and the one of the Emirates. We liked especially the way the information is presented, taking the vi...  more »
  • The Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort displays the history of Dubai and its heritage. There is a reconstruction of some of the old streets, activities and shops, which makes it rather interesting as ...  more »
  • This is a historical and ethnographic museum worth visiting. Accustomed as we are to think of Dubai as the modern city it is, we could forget that it has a long history that goes back many centuries ago. In this museum there are vestiges from the Bronze Age to a more recent history, when artisanal pearl fishermen still abound. The museum is well organized, with a taste for the detail, and it is very nice to tour it. Visiting it is a walk that is easily combined with a visit to the old part of the city, its piers with large and small boats that seem to have hundreds of years, and popular markets such as spices or gold. In short, walking around this old area where the museum is is like making a trip through the past from the present.
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