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Heritage Villagein Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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In this historical and ethnographic open-air museum you’ll see what Dubai looked like before oil was discovered and mined here.
Heritage Village, Dubai
The Heritage Village is a place where you can touch the past and traditions of local people. Here you will find craftsmen working - masters of pottery and weaving, where you can buy souvenirs or practice in the ancient crafts. Here you can learn how to tame falcons and ride camels. On the territory there is an exhibition of pearls and of course, a lot of authentic Arab restaurants and cafes, where traditional dishes are served.

Heritage Village, Dubai
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Museum-settlement in Al-Shindage is a quiet and peaceful place to relax on holidays, with walls paved of stone, houses made from reeds or fabrics. Utensils, furniture, clothes everything here reflects the atmosphere and life of old times. The food is prepared by women dressed in national clothes with masks covering their faces, shops with souvenirs, clothes and pastries are located everywhere.

Heritage Village, Dubai
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In the settlement, there is also a small stage. Sometimes local people arrange traditional dances on it and sing Arabic songs. In the spring, a festival takes place here, where locals and travelers come to see and test themselves in competitions in archery and throwing knives.

It is worth to visit the Heritage Village to relax and learn some history and a Diving Village in the neighborhood to see what Dubai was before oil was found. Entrance tickets are free of charge for both villages.

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Touch the heritage of the past and get acquainted with the history of the Arabians.

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Location: Bur Dubai

Open hours

from Saturday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, on Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm

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