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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  • to know the history of Dubai of beads to oil, through the pottery from another age discovered recently. our guide was great, but the tour can do alone and at their own pace.
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  • Its very good place to see but as we went in city tour so we didn't get much time to explore so visit with time  more »
  • Not to be missed when traveling in Dubai. You maybe awed by the amazing Dubai skyline, but step back in time and visit this museum. Be sure to get there as soon as it opens. This is a well designed mu...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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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