Bur Dubai, located in the southern side of the Creek, has a heady blend of attractions especially for history buffs. The area is well known for some of the oldest buildings in Dubai, including various museums and galleries. Take a look at the top three historical attractions in Bur Dubai.
Built somewhere around 1787 to protect the city from invasions, Al Fahidi Fort is said to be the oldest surviving monument in Bur Dubai. In 1971, it was converted into a museum and has now become one of the best places to visit in Bur Dubai. The Dubai Museum showcases various exhibits reflecting the rich cultural heritage and the history of Dubai. The museum is an absolute delight for kids and adults alike. It remains open on Saturdays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM and from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Fridays.
Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House
Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House museum is a brilliant example of late 19th century Arabic art and architecture. The museum has many artefacts of great historical value such as old photographs, stamps, coins, documents etc. Even the building reflects distinctive late 19th century Persian architectural influences. The arched doorways, high-beamed ceilings, and carved windows are other intrinsic features that give the building its character. Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House is located on the Creek side promenade just a few minutes away from Bur Dubai abra.
Heritage and Diving Villages
The Heritage Village, as the name suggests, is a centre for celebrating cultural events like dance and music on specific public holidays and during the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. It allows visitors to peep into Dubai’s way of life before oil was discovered. There are various display panels with different exhibits depicting the rural life of the natives in the old days. Mannequins and animal models have been beautifully used to depict the nomadic bedu way of life. The Diving Village located near the Heritage Village gives you an insight into the lives of pearl divers.