Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum is the primary Museum in the United Arab Emirates you would make a tour during your Dubai Trips with the help of a travel planner. Dubai Museum is the oldest existing building in Dubai. Firstly it was closed in 1787 but it was renewed in 1971. This museum was presenting a traditional life in UAE. A lot of artefacts that are presented in the Dubai Museum belong to Asia and Africa and other continents which traded with UAE that time. 

The quantity of visitors has increased since 2007. It is reported that more than 1800 visitors visit it daily. Now this museum also shows the process of development of the UAE since that time.

The Dubai Museum is located inside Al Fahidi Fort. It also displays the most elegant traditional culture which has been preserved for years. 

If you visit the Dubai Museum, you will be able to see animal figures, pottery,  pearl diving, and antique shops from the 1950s. Some artifacts in this museum date back up to 3000 BC.

The most popular things that you will see in this museum are: 

  • Old Dubai Fortification Wing

This wing presents ancient weaponry on display such as Swords, spears, curved daggers, arrows, pistols and axles, shields and many more. These weapons show how citizens protected themselves from the robbers while trading. 

  • The Oasis Wing (Desert at Night and Sea Exhibit)

This wing presents how the sea and its natural resources have helped develop Dubai’s economy at that time. Fishing and Pearl Diving influenced much on the current Dubai. Also the sea connected Dubai with the rest of the work in trading relationships. 

  • Folklore Wing

This wing is equipped with old artefacts. They are related to ancient folklore and other cultural items. 

  • The Traditional Home and Masjid

It displayed some old homes and buildings and how they changed according to the way of life has evolved over the years.

  • Markets in the 1950s

You will be able to see an entire market wing equipped with life-size displays of stores and merchants from old Dubai.

  • The Monuments Wing

In this wingg you will be able to explore the composition of ancient weapons, tombs, and pottery. It shows how local people lived in the past and how they fought and how they prepared some food. 

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  • The fort was built in 1787.
  • The artifacts from the countries Dubai traded with are displayed here including Asia and Africa.
  • Here a great collection of boats can be seen.
  • The highlighted aspects of life here are Arab houses, schools, and marine life.
  • Across the array of exhibits, some of the most notable ones are the collection of pottery and animal figures.
  • You will be surprised to see the artifacts of musical instruments.


The total area of ​​the exhibition halls is 4000 square meters (the area of ​​the football field). The exposition is conventionally divided into 9 sections; almost the entire exposition is located in the underground premises of the fort, where once an arsenal was. Antiquities are exhibited, scenes from the life of Dubai residents of old times have been restored.

The exhibition also includes artifacts recently found at excavations of the Hafeet, Umm-an-Nar, Wadi Souk cultures, dating back to 3000 BC. Read about these cultures in our article “History of the Arab Emirates”. Since Dubai has been a center of trade since ancient times, the exposition includes many ancient items from Persia, India, Africa – those countries which Dubai traded with.

Be sure to see in the courtyard of the fort the traditional arish house, built entirely made of palm leaves. This is not a shabby hut, but a real house with several rooms and a wind intake system for ventilation. Ordinary Dubai people had been living in these houses before the oil era.

Expensive houses were made of coral stone, which was very rare and expensive. The Al-Fahidi fort is made of coral stone as well.

A separate room shows the life of the Bedouins of the desert. Here Tripety travelers can learn about their methods of star orientation. Indeed, in the desert, as in the sea, it is extremely difficult to navigate – wherever you look, everywhere the same sand. This amazes many tourists, but the Bedouins knew a lot about the stars, knew how to masterfully navigate them.

On some figures of women, you can see “battula” – this is a golden mask. The origin of these masks is unknown, they were probably borrowed by the Gulf Arabs from India in the 18th century. Long ago, these masks were an obligatory part of women’s clothes, even in everyday life, and not only on holidays. Girls started wearing the battula at the age of 9.

There is a very interesting hypothesis associated with this mask. It is believed that Arab women deceived their enemies with these masks. The battle-mask is shaped like a mustache. Thus, from afar it seemed that it was not a woman, but a man with a mustache. It seemed to the enemies that there were 2 times more combat-ready people in the settlement than in reality.

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