10 Historical Places in Dubai That You Need to Visit!
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Historical Sites in Dubai

Dubai Old Town, Al Fahidi Fort, Jumeirah Mosque, Old Souk, Dubai Museum, Al Ahmadiya School, Souq Ad Hadid Archaeology Museum, Burj Nahar, Hatta Heritage Village, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House and many more Historical Places.

The historical sites in Dubai that we see today were once the majestic and beautiful epitomes of architecture. Although the city boasts of rich cultural heritage, one cannot ignore the history that has shaped it into what it is today. Dubai historical sites take you on a time travel when the oil was discovered and when the trading links became sturdy with the other countries.

The museums of historical significance like the Al Fahidi Fort, Jumeirah Museum, and the Souk Ad Hadid Archaeology Museum are a must visit when in Dubai. It will be astonishing for you to know about the life and struggle of the ancient rulers through artifacts and photographs that led Dubai to what is in the present times. On visiting the Old Souk, you will come across the ancient things that are highly valuable and unique. The Al Ahmadiya School portrays the educational development of this Emirati city. There are several other instances that contribute to the historical significance of Dubai. Thus, if you are fond of history and want to know more about Arab culture, you must take a tour of Dubai in the Middle East to drench yourself in the splendid past of Dubai.

Here is the list of best historical places in Dubai: 

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01

Dubai Old Town

Dubai Old Town is time travel in the heritage quarter situated on the banks of the Dubai Creek. The place was once an entrance to the most successful pearl diving port of the Gulf. You can feel the presence even now due to the crossing of waters by the merchants and fishermen in their traditional dinghy.

This place allows you to learn more about the tradition and history of the Emirate. The Gold Souk in the Dubai Old Town is the ideal place for purchasing gold or simply understanding the jewelry market in Dubai. You will love to admire the local art in Al Bastakiya in the Dubai Old Town.

Location:
57RH+WG2,  Downtown Dubai, Yansoon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings:
24 hours

02

Al Fahidi Fort

Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building and home to one of the most prominent museums in Dubai. The place garners the attention of around 2000 visitors every day. If you are a historical buff, then this is the ideal location for you. Al Fahidi Fort was originally built by the rulers of Dubai in 1787.

The gallery at the Al Fahidi Fort displays several artifacts from the time when oil was discovered. The fort is well-known for its astonishing life-size dioramas which anticipate visitors once they head through the door neighboring the gallery. You will also find a wide variety of craftsmen, including tailors, carpenters, and ironsmiths.

Timings:
7 am to 8 pm

03

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most cherished architectural possessions in Dubai. It is an offering from the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. If you look at the architecture of the mosque, you will find that the designs originate from Egypt and Syria. You will be surprised to know that the mosque can accommodate up to 1500 worshippers.

The visit to the Jumeirah Mosque is one of the fundamental activities under the cultural program. Once you visit the mosque, you will find some amazing Emirati refreshments. Therefore, it is a peaceful place where people visit to pay their duly respect to their God.

Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings:
10 am to 2 pm

04

Old Souk

Also prominently known as the Bur Dubai Souk and Textile Souk, the Old Souk in Dubai is a contemporary market that has a variety of tiny stores selling a vast range of products. The market catches your attention with brightly lit candles, pillows, and fabrics. You can shop anything and everything from this market, including clothes, fabrics, footwear, and souvenirs.

There are plenty of tailors serving the customers in the market. The Old Souk also sells hand-woven and machine-made fabrics at affordable prices. If you have the skill of bargaining, you can get a great deal for the products here.

Location:
Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings:
10 am to 10 pm (Saturday to Thursday); 4 pm to 10 pm (Friday)

05

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai that provides a taste of the historical culture of the place. In the museum, you can have a glimpse of everyday life before the discovery of oil in the United Arab Emirates. The galleries in the museum recreate the historic Arab mosques, houses, souks, and date farms.

It also pictures scenery from marine and desert life. You can also take a tour of the rich history of pearl diving which showcases actual scales and weights used at that time. The antique items in the museum date back to 3000 BC, carefully preserved to ensure longevity. 

Location:
Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Timings:
8.30 am to 8.30 pm

06

Al Ahmadiya School

Al Ahmadiya School takes you on an exploration of the education culture of Dubai in the early 20th century. It is the first national semi-structured school in the kingdom of Dubai. The school presents the educational development that took place in the school and the country.

The travelers will be mesmerized to see the traditional internal and external classes, utilities, internal courtyard, corridors, and facilities. You will get a chance to witness the school’s classrooms, learning tools, writing materials, curricula, subjects taught, certificates and awards, and many historical government documents related to the education system of the country. 

Location:
Deira, Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Timings:
8 am to 7.30 pm (Saturday to Thursday); 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm (Friday)

07

Souq Ad Hadid Archaeology Museum

Housed in the historic building of Shindagha Heritage District of Dubai, Souq Ad Hadid Archaeology Museum is a surprising tale of the most mysterious and thrilling archaeological monuments discovered in the country. The museum employs state-of-the-art technology to access Saruq Al Hadid (the Way of Iron).

It is a remote desert location where the work of metals was done three thousand years ago. The museum provides a variety of experiences and activities that aligns to the interest of every age group. The galleries, on the other hand, display the science and theories behind the discovery of artifacts and the site chronology. 

Location:
Al Fahidi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Timings:
8 am to 8 pm (Sunday to Thursday); 8 am to 12 pm (Saturday)

08

Hatta Heritage Village

Hatta Heritage Village is one of the popular and unique landmarks in Dubai. It is a beautiful place for people who want to learn about the culture of Arab and witness some of the last remaining symbols of its foregoing splendor. This mountain village displays all the life aspects in the time of historic households, economic, defense, and agriculture subsistence.

The village backdrops the beautiful scenery of the majestic Hajar Mountain range, date trees, and the huge expanse of barren land. The place also houses the residing place of the Governor ‘Bait Al Wali”. It features all the things that were brought back from time. 

Location:
Zufayri, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Timings:
7.30 am to 8.30 pm (Saturday to Thursday); 2.30 pm to 8.30 pm (Friday)

09

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is the residential paradise of the former ruler of Dubai that attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. The house has numerous open and closed wings and a few air towers, known as Barajeel.

It has been transformed into a museum that displays several exhibitions depicting the life and history of the great ruler and his family. In the house, you will find a fascinating collection of many artifacts from the time of Sheikh Mohammad’s rule. The monetary coins, photographs, jewelry, and stamps are some of the artifacts of that time. 

Location:
779R+72F, Al Fahidi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Timings:
8 am to 8.30 pm (Saturday to Thursday); 3 pm to 8.30 pm (Friday)

10

Burj Nahar

Burj Nahar is another beautiful historical destination in Dubai built in 1870. This monument is one of the three water towers that were meant to view the movements of the enemy tribes around Deira city. Burj Nahar is of great historical significance as it was constructed in ancient times with mud and coral stone.

It is now considered as the picturesque gardens located on the outskirts of Deira City. The beautiful date trees and landscaped garden surrounding the tower make you go jaw dropping with its explicit beauty. It is a perfect place for a wonderful photo opportunity. Therefore, it is one of the top historical monuments for tourists worldwide.

Location:
78G8+ 4CC, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timings:
10 AM to 10 PM

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  1. Which are the best museums in Dubai?

    1. Dubai Museum- A visit to the Dubai Museum foretells the story of the small fishing village that the city formerly was. The old buildings of the Dubai historical sites are categorized into thematic areas like mountains, coastal, and deserts. It showcases the drawings of 17th-century weapons, pottery, architecture, and many more.

    2. Etihad Museum-
    The Etihad Museum depicts the historical foundation of UAE politics by its seven founding fathers. The architecture of the building resembles the manuscript of the constitution. There are seven pillars inside the museum that portray the pens that were used to sign the Union Agreement. It also displays oil discovery, personal belongings of the ruling family like 3D films and photographs, and a trade opening.

    3. Antique Museum-
    Antique museum is Dubai‘s historical site of several antique traditional Emirati artworks and handicrafts. Strolling through the narrow maze-like walkways, you will find numerous traditional attars, jewelry, furniture, textiles, spices, herbs, oils, etc.

  2. Which are the best places to visit in Dubai?

    1. Burj Khalifa- Among the top historical places in Dubai, Burj Khalifa is the most famous and exotic place to visit in Dubai. It is a skyscraper that has 57 elevators and eight escalators. The ambiance of this Dubai historical site is wrapped up in artistic exuberance. The interior designs of the architecture are proof of the exorbitant amount invested in the project.

    2. Palm Jumeirah-
    Palm Island is a collection of two artificial islands known as the Palm Jumeirah and the Palm Jebel Ali. Palm Jumeirah is the most popular tourist destination in Dubai that takes the shape of a palm tree. You can have a glimpse of the best view of the island from the top, i.e., from a skyscraper.

    3. Dubai Fountain-
    Dubai Fountain is another beautiful destination to visit if you are in Dubai. The fountain rises to a height of 900 feet that attracts a myriad of tourists every evening. People gather here to watch the spectacular light and music show during the evenings.

  3. Which are the best things to do in Dubai?

    1. Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner- Desert Safari is one of the best things to do on your visit to the historical places in Dubai. This experience will undoubtedly be a treasured memory for you. The safari starts from an exciting dune drive to the final destination of the camel farm. Don’t forget to boost up your appetite with a delicious barbecue dinner and shisha.

    2. Enjoy Skiing at Ski Dubai-
    If you are fond of skiing and are in Dubai, Ski Dubai offers the first indoor ski resort to tourists. It is your best opportunity to get rollicking in the snow and enjoy some amazing rides. The place offers a unique experience to the different levels of expertise. 

    3. Go for Hot Air Ballooning-
    The hot air ballooning gives a chance to soar above the deserts of Dubai, away from the glamor and glitz of the city. You will be awestruck to see the spectacular desert vistas while enjoying the air.

  4. What is the best time to visit Dubai?

    The best time to visit Dubai is during the winters, i.e., between September and April. During this time, the weather is sunny but not too hot to explore the beautiful historical sites in Dubai. January and February are the peak season when tourists flock to this place with their friends and family to soak in the atmosphere and ambiance of the luxurious city.

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