see + do
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 971 4353 1862
Concierge.com's insider take:
In contrast to most of Dubai's shiny new attractions, this small but informative museum near the Creek, a short walk from Bastakiya and the old Textile Souk, is housed in the remains of the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and thus the oldest building in the city. Don't expect to see rooms filled with ancient historical artifacts; what you get is an air-conditioned, interactive labyrinth that re-creates the Emirati way of life in the pre-oil age. Despite the current glitz, the locals tend to cling to their traditional Bedouin culture, and this museum gives a glimpse of that ancient lifestyle, with its reliance on and love of the desert, the solar system, and traditional handicrafts. Standout installations on shipbuilding and a re-created village scene complete with 3-D ghostlike holograms of traders are worth the bargain 80-cents entrance fee alone.
Open Saturdays through Thursdays 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, Fridays 1:30 to 7:30 pm.