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A Tourist Guide to Dubai Heritage Sites

A Tourist Guide to Dubai Heritage Sites

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List of Historical Places in Dubai
Al Faihdi Historical Quarter
Al Ahmadiya School
Hatta Heritage Village
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

The city of high-rise and trendsetting attractions – Dubai moulded itself from an Arabian desert to a modern city. The city has established a modish lifestyle, where backpackers’ journey to explore the endless beauty, rich culture, and exceptional lifestyle. In our recent contributions to tourism in the UAE, here are some historical places in Dubai that you should not miss. 

List of Historical Sites in Dubai

If you are looking for some extraordinary places to visit in Dubai, take a look at our rundown of the best historical sites in the city:

Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood 

Al Fahidi Fort Lanes
Al Fahidi Fort- formerly known as Al Bastakiya is an ancient neighbourhood of Dubai

No list of historical sites of Dubai is complete without Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Situated in the old town and formerly known as Al Bastakiya, the locality remains crowded with people who want to explore art galleries and museums. 

The place is equipped with narrow lanes, which are built of gypsum, stone, and wood. Owing to its close proximity with Dubai Creek, the neighbourhood serves as a trading and tourism hub. 

In addition, the neighbourhood hosts creative clubs, fancy restaurants, sponsored shops, and the popular Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

If you truly want to know and visualise Emirati culture, visiting SMCCU will cheer you up. From traditional food to clothing, there is a great variety for one to check out.

Al Ahmadiya School

Historical monuments or high-rising buildings aren’t the only places with a fascinating history and ancient knowledge attached to them. 

In 1912, the first educational establishment was founded in the UAE – Al Ahmadiya School. The school currently serves as a museum in the city with famous light panoramas and outlandish skyscrapers. 

You can look into the history of their academic curriculum and classroom layouts. Indeed, the destination is the true reflection of early education in the Emirate. 

Al Ahmadiya Institution
Al Ahmadiya is the earliest educational establishment in UAE

On the other hand, the monument holds the precious old furniture and other materials of the institution on display. Visiting and observing the schools helps you understand the evolution of education throughout the region. 

The school also produced eminent members of the society, including His Majesty the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, founder of Dubai, His Majesty the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, early Ruler of Dubai, and His Majesty the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum – the Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

The building is within three minutes walking distance from the Al Ras Metro Station with a free entry option for you. Making it convenient for visitors to plan a visit.

Hatta Heritage Village

Among a couple of locations situated at the outskirts of Dubai, we have Hatta Heritage on the list! 

An old village surrounded by two watchtowers, a lovely mosque, and a magnificent fort around. To be more precise, the region is under the embrace of the Hajar Mountains preserving the long heritage of Hatta Village. 

Hatta Village
With the beautiful Hatta Dam, Hatta Heritage Village is a must-visit!

There is so much to explore and experience, a land full of serene greenery, enchanting mountainous terrains, ethereal lanes of date palms, and an eye-catching Hatta Dam to steal your attention. 

The Hatta Heritage Village is a work of art in Dubai’s marvellous feat of historical sites, a must-visit!

Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House – Arabian Architecture

The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House was built in 1896 and Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum ruled Dubai from 1921 to 1958. The place where he resided has now been transformed into a historical museum to best display a fine example of Arabian heritage. 

Traditional Arabic house
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a fine example of traditional houses in UAE!

The first foundation of the house was laid in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed’s father, originally to observe and supervise the shipping activities. 

Visitors to this fantastic historical spot have expressed that it’s almost like visiting a veritable time machine. 

The building is a perfect quintessence of traditional houses in UAE, with large exemplary spaces in the house, an array of wind towers, and many more of the splendid sights to behold.

Another surprising fact about the house, it was built adjacent to the village so they could facilitate ease of access between the ruler and his people. 

Inside the museum, you will find exhibits and displays of historical photographs, illustrations, and documents. All of the highlights center the ancient culture during the period of 1948 to 1953. 

The museum has a distinct ‘Marine Wing’ to stage the photos of early fishing times, pearl diving, and shipbuilding. Displays of maps, old letters, aged coins, and archaic stamps are treasured all across the building. 

There are dozens of attractions dotted around the city, with a plentiful cultural heritage on display. Our list is categorised in a manner that you can enjoy your historical trip conveniently. Even the citizens of Emirates can get accustomed to their cultural heritage and visit these historical places in Dubai. 
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