This museum was placed in the Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai dating from 1787.
In the old fort of Al Fahidi, the Dubai Museum has been constructed with traditional materials (stones, adobe bricks and palm leaves) that date back to 1790. Three massive towers were added in 1900, offering a perfect example of local architecture. After having been successively a palace, an army barrack and then a prison, it is today home to archaeological, historical and ethnological collections. In the main courtyard an antique cannon rests on the sand, as well as pearl fishing boats and a wooden house, memories of the local habitat of the past century. Nearby is the Bastikiya district. Its old residences are preserved and display high wind towers (barajeels).
The main museum in the UAE, the Dubai Museum is a very popular attraction, especially with tourists.
The Museum is located close to the Creek, just a a couple of minutes from Bastakiya.
The dhow, a traditional Emirati boat, outside the museum.
The Dubai Museum also includes a section on the country's miltary past.
The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai.