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Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai

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History Museum
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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TripAdvisor
  • This museum is the oldest one in dubai. I have benn visiting this place from childhood and till date with all my guest. This museum takes you around the history of dubai. Showcasing you the old houses...  more »
  • If you want to know history of Dubai then visit here, its not a very big history to show but still you will know about this world class city in deep and how was it before the decades.  more »
  • This is a small, but amazing museum. The exhibits are phenomenal and give you insight into the history of Dubai. Cheap admission and well worth a visit.  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • It also the famous Dubai Museum. A must visit of you aren't in Dubai. Also you can stroll through the old market near by
  • Al fahidi fort and Dubai museum is the same place. The museum displays old emirati culture and the history. Its a good place know about Dubai. 1 hour is enough to get around the museum. If you like reading all the important facts in the museums then it would take 2 hrs.
  • 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.
  • Very beautiful heritage site. Good to see the old splendour of dubai. Must see place