Dubai Heritage Sites

Al Ahmadiya School & Heritage House

Al Ahmadiya School is one of the most prestigious ancient educational institutions, today owned and managed by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. Founded in the year 1912, it is a large courtyard house with more than 10 rooms and a rectangular windtower. The two-storey building was renovated by the Dubai government in 1995 for use as a museum of education. It was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2000. The school-museum celebrated its centenary in 2012.

Burj Nahar

One of the many watchtowers that once guarded the old city, built in 1870, the restored Burj Nahar in 1992 in its picturesque gardens in Deira is popular with photographers.

Archaeological Site in Jumeirah

One of the most significant archaeological sites in the UAE. With origins in the 6th century AD, the settlement was once a caravan stop on a route linking Iraq and Oman. Pottery, tools, coins and other items unearthed here are displayed at Dubai Museum and the Heritage Village.

Hatta Heritage Village

Nestled among the Hajjar mountains, overlooking a fertile oasis, the 16th century Hatta village provides a fine example of traditional style village architecture. Dating back four hundred years, it consists of two watchtowers, a mosque and houses constructed of stone, mud, reeds and palm tree trunks built around the imposing Hatta Fort dominating the village.

Heritage & Diving Village

A traditional heritage village, located near the mouth of Dubai Creek in the Shindagha district, features potters and weavers practicing traditional crafts, as well as exhibits and demonstrations of pearl diving. It is a place where the visitor can take a step back in time and experience some of Dubai’s culture and heritage.

Majlis Ghorfat Um-Al Sheif

Built around 1955 as a summer retreat for the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the majlis is Located in the Jumeirah area near the sea and features a traditional palm tree garden with a “falaj” irrigation system.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

The building is located along the Dubai Creek in the locality of Al Shindagha. It was established around 1894 as the seat of the Al Maktoum family. The building is now a museum that contains artefacts and images of the old town of Dubai.