Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House, Dubai

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Steep yourself in the city's past at Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House, home of Dubai's former ruler. Built in 1896, the house displays a simple, traditional form of architecture, with wind towers and whitewashed walls. Set on the side of the creek, the residence represents the focal point of the restored historical district, both architecturally and as the residence of the man who led Dubai from 1912 until his death in 1958. Head inside to the museum, where you'll find a host of interesting artifacts, photographs, and documents related to the old city during the pre-oil years, including an exhibit detailing the history of pearl-diving here. The interior remains charmingly austere compared with modern design in the country. Put Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum's House on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dubai trip itinerary maker site.
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  • The house is very attractive and it has been beatifully restored. The architecture is very beautiful and there were particularly beautiful wooden doors and windows. 
    The house is very attractive and it has been beatifully restored. The architecture is very beautiful and there were particularly beautiful wooden doors and windows.  more »
  • We took a short taxi ride from the Dubai Museum to here as it was not on our bus route. We last visited in 2013 and were no less fascinated on this occasion. The house dates to 1896 and was the... 
    We took a short taxi ride from the Dubai Museum to here as it was not on our bus route. We last visited in 2013 and were no less fascinated on this occasion. The house dates to 1896 and was the...  more »
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  • Visited in hurry but have planned next week for visit. Will share more about it in next review
  • One of the first houses of Al Shindagha, Obaid bin Thani’s House was built in 1917 of maritime stones and gypsum, thus reflecting the prosperity of the region at that time due to the flourishing pearl trade. The Sheikh Obaid Al Thani’s House, just like the Sheikh Saeed Aal Maktoum’s House and the adjoining Heritage Village, is itself a tribute to Dubai Government’s determination to preserve the local heritage and cultural values, the house is an oasis of tranquillity in an otherwise bustling month in Dubai’s calendar. The house was a residence of the owners’ families, with a large courtyard and several rooms for the family members and special entrance for the female guests. The Pippal tree (common in India) in the courtyard provided ample shade for the members entertaining their guests or enjoying a gathering.

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