Even if traipsing around museums is not your idea of fun, I highly recommend Dubai Museum. Housed in the 17th century Al Fahidi Fort, this small museum tells the story of how Dubai evolved from being little more than a dusty fishing village into the futuristic (yet still dusty) metropolis that we see today.
Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, souks and desert life. One of the more spectacular exhibits portrays pearl diving, including sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves. It only takes a couple of hours at most to wander around – if truth be told there’s not a huge amount to convey about life prior to the discovery of oil in the 1960s. However, if you happen to be with 46 five and six year olds, as I was today, it can take as little as half an hour to sprint through.
Today was my daughter’s school trip. They are studying all about knights and castles and this fort – the oldest building in Dubai - is the closest we’ve got to a castle. It’s got a keep and turrets and there is one section that exhibits a suit of armour, complete with chainmail, helmet and all sorts of swords and daggers.
The boys were in their element, but the lack of 'princessey' stuff left the girls rather miffed - after all, where there are knights there are usually damsels in distress.
It’s lucky for me that I’ve been to the museum before because frankly I gleaned sweet “Fanny Adams” from this outing – however, I can tell you where the toilets are.
Just a little tip: if you are planning a visit to the museum, go after 11am, once the school kids have taken the fort by storm.
Visiting Hours :
Saturday to Thursday : 08:30 am -20:30 pm
Friday: 14:30 -20:30 pmEntry Fees:
Dhs3 per Adult
Dhs. 1 Per Child
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I set up this blog to reveal what real life is like here in the UAE - the good and the bad. I'll chat about what I've been up to, Dubai news and developments, my thoughts about expat life here (and in general) and reports about my holidays and adventures in the region (travel is my bag after all).