The Heritage Village is located not very far from the city. You can either access it from the Deira side of Dubai by taking an Abra ride from the Gold Souq to cross the creek (a tour in itself!) to Bur Dubai or go directly to Ghubaiba bus station when taking the bus or car.
You know you’re visiting old Dubai when you see a lowly donkey chilling out in the night.
We went to Dubai’s Heritage and Diving Village, a living museum located near the mouth of Dubai creek. Inside, there are houses made of straw.
When people hear the word “Dubai”, it’s easy to say that there’s not much history in this city of modern skyscrapers but visiting the Heritage Village will give you an idea of what this place looked like around 100 years ago.
This is not a diorama but a real local person! He invited us to his small house made of stones. There was no electricity inside, only a home made fire that lit and warmed the place.
He called out my mom and Pristine over. Pristine was so afraid! We always laugh at this photo at home because I told my mom the old man liked her. Look at how he laid his eyes on her!
Wondered why my mom was wearing a jacket and Pristine is pretty much covered too? This was taken during winter of 2007. I just didn’t get around to posting these. Yes, we have a cold season here too. By December-February, walking around the city without a jacket is like invitation for flu.
Then we chanced upon dancing arab men in the main plaza. They were barefoot in the sand, with toy pistols (?) in their hands. They dance to a lively music by turning round and round (not like the Tanoura dance) and twirling the toy pistol with their hand. I don’t know the name of this dance, if you do, please leave a comment. Thanks!
In the Arab world, men and women do not mingle together. While the men danced, the women were busy preparing traditional food. I am not sure if I was allowed to take a photo but many tourists did so I sneaked in.
The food was like crepe, albeit, Arabic version. There’s a big flat pan where they spread the flour and water mixture, then crack an egg and spread it on top, flip it over and it’s done!
Pristine looked very amazed with the scene!
Outside the Heritage Village, there’s a sketch of Sheikh Zayed.
Inside the village, you can play dress up and take a photo to take home (if you are a tourist) and show your family and friends.
The Heritage Village provides a glimpse into the history of Dubai and is built upon one of the oldest districts in Dubai. It was the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai and the grandfather of the present ruler.
One note, when you go, go at night. The place comes alive at night, especially during winter and Dubai Shopping Festival. You’ll enjoy the night lights along the creek as well.