Dubai Municipality Museum, Dubai

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Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai.
The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. When entering, one can see the fort constructed and the various displays that go along with it. From the fort, there is a path to the galleries, which display the general culture of the land, especially in the 1800s. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil, in addition to artifacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 BC.
In 2007, Dubai Museum welcomed 1,800 visitors daily, with a yearly total of 611,840. In March 2008, the Museum had 80,000 visitors. The most popular times are from August to April. The Museum received over 1 Million Visitors in the year 2013.
Al Fahidi Fort was built in several phases. The oldest tower was built around 1787 and is believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. The fort was used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighbouring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the ruler's palace, a garrison, and a prison.
In 1969 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a letter to Sheikh Badr Mohammad Al Sabah, head of the office of state in Kuwait, asking for a museum expert to be sent to Dubai to help establish the museum.
Al Fahidi Fort is square-shaped with towers occupying three of its corners. It was built of coral rock and mortar in several phases. Just off the southern wall lie the remains of the city walls. Next to them stands a tall dhow (traditional boat) in the middle of a large courtyard that covers the underground galleries. Two cannons guard the main gate to the fort on the eastern wall, adorned by flags of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
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  • I have just returned from a visit to Dubai during which on Friday March 29, I went to see The Frame.I have tried for 2 hours this morning ( UK time) to phone the appropriate department in Dubai Munici...  more »
  • Dubai Municipality Museum is a small and quaint museum located in the Old Baladiya Road and Market. It exhibits artifacts, antiques and documents that are reminiscent of the political planning of the ...  more »
  • I happened to find "there is something like a museum" in Google Map. It is the second floor of a small building at the entrance of the plaza in front of the Abra station and the Spice Souk. There is a narrow staircase at the back, and there is one staff at the entrance. There is a screening room and exhibition room, and there is a picture and the material which understands the city building of Dubai, and the overlooking might be a terrace to see the souk etc. The entrance fee was not required (ostensibly), but it was customary to leave 1AED. It might be a good place for a quiet air-conditioned break.
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