Historic Places to Visit in Dubai

Today, Dubai is easily the fastest growing city in the world. With less than 20% of the population of Dubai being national Arabs, it is unquestionably the Expat Capital of the World!

The modern emirate of Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. However, written accounts documenting the existence of the city have existed at least 150 years prior to the formation of the UAE. Dubai has often been described as a desert oasis as they have developed in to a major metropolitan area.

If you get bored of the modern architecture and amenities offered by the great city, you can take a trip down memory lane and visit some of the historic sites in Dubai.

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    Dubai Museum:

    A testament to history, built in 1799  and housed in one of the oldest buildings in Emirates, Dubai Museum stands besides a former fort (the Al Fahida fort). Make sure you get a chance to spend a few hours at the Dubai Museum. You and your family or friends will have a lovely time visiting the museum and learning about the history of the United Arab Emirates.

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    Grand Mosque:

    From the Early 1900’s, the Grand Mosque situated in Bur Dubai was reconstructed. Reflecting Islamic culture with domes, stained glass, wooden shutters and mosaics, it also boasts the tallest minaret. Be sure to spend some time at the Grand Mosque as you can appreciate all the beautiful architecture and fine handmade detailing work that makes up this great historic site.

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    Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House:

    Built in the late 1800's, the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House was built in a commanding position to observe shipping activities from the balconies. This museum is one of the last examples of traditional Emirati architecture. Take a visit to this historical place and watch the beautiful scenic views of all the shipping activity.

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    Jumeirah Archaeological site:

    Back in the 6th century the Jumeirah Archaeological site was first an ancient trade route that linked to Iran. Get a taste of some real history as you take a trip to visit this archaeological site. Take in all of the wonderful ancient ambiance as you stroll around the site.

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    Jumeirah Mosque:

    Built using stones in the Medieval Fatimid tradition, the Jumeirah Mosque shows its beauty when the subtle lighting brightens at night. Take a trip to this beautiful mosque and do not forget to take your digital camera for some of the best photographic opportunities with your family and friends.

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    Heritage And Diving Village:

    Learn the traditional lifestyle of the United Arab Emirates and traditional occupations like pottery making, trading, crafting, fishing, pearl gathering and experience it in the heritage and diving village near the Dubai creek in a district called Shindagha. You will get a real feel about the different types of handmade work that went on at this historical site.

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