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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  • Perhaps it was unfortunate that my visit took place at the same time as a large bus load of Japanese tourists arrived and the small museum was pretty overcrowded. The major part of the museum is under...  more »
  • This museum is worth every cent of the 3 dirhams you pay for entrance. It is a very rich and comprehensive oversight of the history of Dubai and the very quick development to a world class city from a...  more »
  • For easy to understand, easy to read display and a moderate volume would change bus stop. Restroom stall.
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