Sheikh Mohammed opens new museum, invites everyone to visit it to learn about Dubai

The attraction extends across 80 historical houses in the area and is part of the country's heritage

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By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 7:20 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 10:54 PM

The largest heritage museum in the UAE- featuring 22 pavilions that include 80 historic houses- has been inaugurated in Dubai by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Showcasing the development of Dubai and the UAE, the renovated Al Shindagha Museum offers a glimpse into the traditional Emirati lifestyle and the rich cultural heritage of the region, with exhibits dating back to the 1800s.

“We want the world to know Dubai’s story and its history,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. “Dubai has always been a hub for traders and those pursuing a better life, and it will continue to thrive as a centre of global civilisations on both cultural and humanitarian fronts.”

Open air museum

Sheikh Mohammed further directed that the Al Shindagha area, covering an area of 310,000 square metres, be transformed into an open-air museum narrating the inspiring story of Dubai. The museum will showcase the city’s exceptional achievements and its diverse human and cultural dimensions.

“The Al Shindagha Museum plays a vital role in preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage, which is the foundation of any civilisation,” said Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority. “The museum embodies the ambitious spirit of Dubai and documents its success stories. It stands as a testament to the emirate’s journey towards the future.”

Sheikha Latifa also expressed her appreciation for the invaluable contributions made by contributors, researchers, historians, heritage experts, and collectors who have enriched the museum with rare possessions and documents that compellingly reflect the customs, traditions, and heritage of Dubai’s ancient past.

The museum offers a vivid narration of the history of Dubai and showcases its rich cultural heritage. It immerses visitors in Dubai’s traditional lifestyle of the 19th century and 1970s and tells the story of Dubai’s journey to becoming the modern metropolis it is today.

The Al Maktoum Residence

The Al Maktoum Residence archives the experience of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and his role in the development of Dubai. Various collections are on display which showcases the Dubai ruling family’s legacy and accomplishments, as well as the historic events that took place in Dubai over the years. The Al Maktoum Residence also features exhibits on the main decisions and historical projects of Dubai rulers in the 19th century, among other enriching information.

The museum provides a space for investment and development projects related to heritage and culture, including services and amenities for visitors. The museum aims to attract over 1 million visitors by 2025 and features collections from more than 100 contributors.

Each pavilion has its unique theme and displays, showcasing the history and culture of Dubai and the UAE. These sections include Dubai Creek – Birth of a City, People and Faith, Emerging City, Perfume House, Traditional Crafts, Beauty and Adornment, Traditional Jewellery, Traditional Healthcare, Children House, Culture of the Sea, Community Hall, Life on Land, Traditional Food House, Poetry House, and Al Maktoum Residence, among others.


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