The Dubai Museum – Al Fahidi Fort

A good travel experience is one that entertains adults and children alike. The Dubai Museum housed in the Al Fahidi Fort is one such experience. Located in Bur Dubai, the Fort was built in the late 1700s and it is believed to be the oldest building in Dubai. Originally built to guard the city from neighboring tribes, it had also been used as a ruler’s palace and jail. In 1971 the fort was renovated and turned into its current form: the Dubai Museum. The museum cleverly uses life-size dioramas to tell the everyday story of Dubai prior to the discovery of oil. The galleries recreate life-like scenes of souks, traditional Arab houses, mosques, desert life, a date farm and the pearling industry, with realistic sounds to complement. There is also a gallery which explores the growth of modern day Dubai.

We first visited when my daughter was 12 months old and even at that age she appreciated the experience; we got many great photos of her amongst the dioramas chortling away to the life-like mannequins. We’ve been back a number of times since and each time take away something new from the experience. While you are in the area, why not make the most of it and take a ride on a dhow down Dubai Creek to Deira where you can take a leisurely stroll through the spice and gold souks?

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