Dubai Museum

The Al Fahidi Fort was built around 1799 to defend Dubai against invasion and is probably the oldest building in the city. Beautifully restored in the 1993 it now houses the Dubai Museum and offers a fascinating insight into the city’s heritage and culture.

Cannon at the Dubai Museum
Fishing Boat at the Dubai Museum
Fishing Boat
Pearl traders at the Dubai Museum
Pearl Traders

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Dubai Museum include:

Nearby Shopping

Places to shop near Dubai Museum include:

  • Old Souk (0.1 miles) - Traditional market in Bur Dubai
  • Spice Souk (0.3 miles) - Market selling herbs and spices
  • Central Mall (0.4 miles) - Shopping mall near Sharaf DG Metro Station.
  • Al Khaleej Centre (0.5 miles) - Small shopping mall in Bur Dubai.
  • Gold Souk (0.5 miles) - Large number of shops selling jewellery
  • Al Ain Centre (0.5 miles) - Mall in Bur Dubai
  • Perfume Souk (0.5 miles) - Offers perfumes and fragrances

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurants and places to eat and drink near Dubai Museum include:

  • Arabian Tea House (0.2 miles) - Outdoor cafe in Bur Dubai. Relaxed courtyard setting with tables shaded by canopies. Offers more than 100 varieties of tea from all corners of the globe. Food menu includes Arabic breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, and BBQ dishes.
  • XVA Cafe (0.2 miles) - Courtyard restaurant at the XVA Art Hotel. Peaceful atmosphere. Offers vegetarian Arabic dishes.
  • Al Ustad Special Kabab (0.3 miles) - Legendary Iranian restaurant. One of the best budget restaurants in Dubai. Founded in 1978. Aka Special Ostadi Restaurant.
  • Sind Punjab (0.3 miles) - Hole-in-the-wall restaurant established in 1977. Offers authentic Punjabi cuisine. Great butter chicken. Located in Meena Bazaar.
  • Karachi Darbar (0.4 miles) - Cheap restaurant offering a variety of Pakistani, Indian, and Chinese dishes.

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Dubai Museum include:

  • Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa (0.1 miles)
  • Grand Nova Hotel (0.1 miles)
  • York International Hotel (0.3 miles)
  • Al Khoory Inn Bur Dubai (0.4 miles)
  • Gateway Hotel (0.4 miles)
  • Galaxy Plaza Hotel (0.4 miles)
  • New Penninsula Hotel (0.5 miles)
  • Ascot Hotel (0.5 miles)
  • Orchid Vue Hotel (0.5 miles)
  • Al Seef Heritage Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton (0.5 miles)

Nearby Metro Stations

Metro Stations near Dubai Museum include:

Nearby Transport Links

Transport links near Dubai Museum include:


Map showing location of Dubai Museum.

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Map showing location of Dubai Museum


Dubai Museum

Al Fahidi Street
Bur Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Reviews and Additional Information

  1. What a historical place to visit while in Dubai! I took the metro to exit Al Fahidi metro station exit 3 and started walking towards the fort. With the intense heat we decided to stop in at Bay Leaves Restaurant to get a quick bite to eat before the rest of our journey through the different Souks and shops along the way to Al Fahidi Fort. I would definitely recommend the same detours as well as taking the ferry ride from the port, which only costs 1 Dhs!

    • Just read your review the museum was opened in july

  2. It is interesting to see how the city developed in recent years. Much of the museum is underground so it is a good place to escape from the heat. Entrance was only 3 AED and excellent value.

  3. It was very interesting to find out about the history of Dubai before it became a tourist hotspot. It’s based within an old fort and the entrance fee was really cheap. The exhibits are mainly dioramas. It was quite interesting to see how the city has developed from basically just a bit of desert to the sprawling metropolis it is today.

  4. I went to the Dubai Museum. It was very fascinating with lots of artefacts.

  5. This is a wonderful place to visit!

  6. In 1998 I visited Dubai for the first time and enjoyed a visit to the museum. My daughter and I spent a whole after-noon there and we found it was not enough time. There was so much to see! It would be nice if you could show a picture of the Al Fahidi Fort Museum!

    • Is it a good place?


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