Dubai museum | UAE’s 2nd Old and Attractive museum

Why Dabai Museum is Famous ?

Dubai Museum is considered to be the oldest and main museum of Dubai which is situated in Al Fahidi Fort, Bur Dubai. Bur Dubai is also known as Old Dubai, it is liked by the people as the old identity of Dubai.

The Dubai Museum was opened in 1971. The main purpose of opening the Dubai Museum was to preserve the ancient culture. This museum tells about the ancient culture of Dubai and its old history.

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In Dubai Museum one can see the way of living the old life of Dubai i.e. the way of living of Arabian people.

The Dubai Museum is the first museum opened in Dubai and the second oldest museum opened in the UAE. The Old Museum from the Dubai Museum is the Al Ain National Museum, which was opened in 1989 by the UAE’s father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, two years before the Dubai Museum.

The Dubai Museum was founded by the ruler of the UAE, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 1971 after the first Federation. In which he was declared as the father of the UAE along with the President of the UAE.


Dubai Museum was established in 1971 at the old Fort Al Fahidi in Dubai, which was built by Shaikh Maktoum Bin Butti in 1787. This fort was used for defense and weapons supply from the seabed due to its location near Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai.

Al Fahidi Fort is considered as the oldest and largest building located from Dubai. However, when the idea of ​​opening the museum was chosen, the old fort was chosen so that the memory of old Dubai will remain.

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After the construction of Al Fahidi Fort, it was opened for renovation in 1971 and a museum expert was called from Kuwait to convert Al Fahidi Fort into a museum.

The Dubai Museum was decided to be built as an underground ground during 1995 and the museum was taken to the underground as a whole.

Courtyard of the Dubai Museum

After entering the Dubai Museum, in the courtyard of Al Fahidi Fort, a number of Dubai’s ancient antiquities are shown which Arabians used to work the most and were most liked by the people.

In Al Fahidi Fort, 6 doors can be seen in the Main Court, in which different types of museum attractions can be seen.

One of the 6 doors in the courtyard leads to the Underground Museum.

In the courtyard of the Al Fahidi Museum, there are many different types of boats, such as trams and Al Banoush, is used to move people from one place to another, and Al Baggarah, is used for fishing and pearling in the sea and Cannon and shells are also located in the courtyard.

Many huts have been built in the courtyard of the Dubai Museum, in which the kitchen of the Arabian people is left and it shows all the resources that the Arabians used in the past. They are shown in a slum with their way of living and their belongings and washrooms, giving a real view of the old Dubai city.

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The doors in the courtyard of the Dubai Museum tell the history of Dubai in different ways.

A door in the courtyard leads to the war equipment of the Al Fahidi Fort, which was used in olden times. It represents an important part of Dubai’s history in the Dubai Museum.

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In a room in the courtyard, a blacksmith is seen making swords with his assistant. Different weapons can also be seen inside the same room.

The old culture of Dubai is shown in a room in which their folk dances and their old culture are seen on TV. Different equipment of music can be seen in this room.


Underground Dubai Museum

Many desert birds are shown as soon as they enter the Underground Dubai Museum from Al Fahidi Courtyard.

After entering the Underground Dubai Museum, many of the home appliances used in Old Dubai are housed and an image galleys have been made showing the changes that have taken place in every decade of Dubai from the 1930s to the 1990s. The history of Dubai Creek is also depicted in a gallery.

The Underground Dubai Museum has created an old Dubai market that evokes the market image of Old Dubai. In order to give the market made in Dubai Museum a real market, a man of art has been created, which transforms the market of the museum into a real old market.

This museum depicts every event that was often seen in the market, and each event is shown as real. This market is built on an earlier basis of oil extraction in Dubai.

This entire market is built with a view of the Dubai Creek River near where people are seen doing their work all over the market. When a person is seen picking up a sack at the shop, a person is seen foddering a goat.

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In this market, like a small restaurant, the tea shop, The Suk “1950” is seen where some people are sitting and drinking tea.

There is a carpenter’s shop in the market of Dubai Museum, which uses a video projector to make the present carpenter feel real.

The Dubai Museum has a wide range of shops such as Herbs & Spice Shop, Taylor’s Shop, Polisher & Blacksmith Shop, Cloth Shop, Jewelers Shop and Food Shop, which also have shopkeepers to make the shop look real.

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An Islamic school has also been established in this market where some children are seen reading and listening to the Quran. And further, some girls are also seen, who celebrate Tawmina after graduation from the Quran.

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The Dubai Museum depicts desert creatures that are artificial and explained on a frame.

The traditional occupation before the oil extraction in Dubai is explained within the Dubai Museum. Prior to the release of oil in Dubai, the primary occupation of Dubai people was with pearls and fish.

This process is well explained in the museum as to how pearls were extracted from inside the ocean of oxygen cylinder. Al Baggarah boat was used for this purpose, with the help of which a person was tied and sent in a rope and the people sitting on the boat would pull him out with a gesture which he had to give by another rope.

The Arabian Desert is also mentioned in this museum. In this museum, characters of all kinds of people are shown, which actually tells the old Dubai.

There is a shop on the exit of Dubai Museum from where one can buy gifts to preserve the memory of this museum.

Entry fee and transport

To enter this museum, AED 1 for below 6 years of age and AED 3 for persons or children over the age of over are charged.

Public transport buses and metro are used which can be easily accessed at Al Ghubaiba and Fahidi metro and bus stations.

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