Many people know UAE with its modern buildings and advanced city areas. But UAE has a long history and rich culture. UAE is an Arabian country located in the Middle East on the coastlines of the Persian Gulf. In the last few years after the petroleum discovery UAE started the modernization process and rebuilt the cities with the money and wealth coming from selling petroleum. Cities got more luxurious and advanced.
Nowadays when you are walking in the cities of UAE all you see are the newest inventions and most advanced buildings. But under the glamour and charm of the UAE’s cities lies a long-life history and heritage that helped them get to where they are right now.
In this article, we are going to talk about the historical places of UAE and give a short profile about every one of them. This article helps you see a glimpse of UAE’s heritage and history and richen your trip plan to UAE with historical places.
Jumeirah Mosque is a grand mosque built in 1979. It was one of the first buildings that were built in the Jumeirah neighborhood. This mosque doesn’t go back a long time but it’s one of the main mosques in the UAE.
the Islamic religion in UAE’s culture and society. The glamour and beauty of the Jumeirah Mosque will show you the greatness of Islamic architecture.
Jumeirah Mosque is newly built but the architecture and design are inspired by traditional Fatimid Style which comes from other Arabian countries; Egypt and Syria. If you are looking for a newly built mosque with the newest equipment as well as the traditional architecture you have to visit the Jumeirah Mosque.
Location: Jumeirah, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Al Fahidi Historical (Al Bastakiya)
This neighborhood in Dubai is a historic area that goes back to the 1890s. this district is the last piece of old Dubai remaining from the traditional Dubai city before the wealth and modernization.
If you are curious to know how were old Dubai and other UAE cities like before the modernization, you have to visit Al Fahidi historical neighborhood. By walking into this neighborhood, you feel as if you went back in time to the olden days of Dubai. At its highest time, this neighborhood had the capacity for 60 house units and stores.
- Timings: Every day from 7 AM to 8 pm.
- Location: Bur Dubai, Al Hamriya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Al Bidya Mosque & Fort
Al Bidya Mosque is a landmark over 600 years old and it’s considered the oldest mosque in the UAE. The Al Bidya Mosque is located between two forts that were used for the protection of the city.
A fascinating fact about the Al Bidya Mosque is that they used no amount of wood in building the structure and it’s still working like the first day. The Al Bidya Mosque is a small mosque that can’t handle more than 20 people at the same time.
- Timings: Every day from 8 AM to 6:30 PM.
- Location: 35 kilometers away from Fujairah City.
An amazing part of every trip is definitely shopping. Every traveler which is visiting a country for the first time likes to visit the traditional shopping centers of that country out of curiosity and for purchasing souvenirs for sure.
The traditional shopping centers of UAE are called Souk. Every city in UAE has at least one Souk remaining from the past centuries. UAE is the heaven of malls and modern shopping centers with all kinds of world Known products and brands. But you may want to explore a traditional Arabian shopping center with traditional handicrafts.
You can purchase golden pieces of jewelry, hand-knitted fabrics, traditional Arabian perfumes, and all kinds of souvenirs from the UAE and the Middle East.
Hatta Village Grand Mosque
The Hatta village is a village only 2 hours away from Dubai City. There is a mosque located in the Hatta village that goes back to the 1780s. the Hatta village gets the most populated in the winters because of its closeness to the mountain and the opportunity to experience winter sports like skiing, hiking, etc.
A lot of visitors put Hatta Village on their trip plan to UAE for the nature and the entertainment options. But on the other hand, a lot of tourists come to Hatta Village for the historic sites including the oldest castle and fort in UAE and a historic mosque.
- Saturday to Thursday from 7:30 AM to 8:30 PM
- Friday from 2:30 to 8:30 pm.
- Location: village 130 kilometers away from Dubai City, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Al Ahmadiya School
Al Ahmadiya is known as the oldest modern school in UAE inaugurated in the year 1912. This school got inaugurated for the second time in the 70s only this time as a museum.
Other than the objects that are featured in this museum, the architecture and building of this museum can tell you a lot about the history of education in the UAE. There are some important treasures in this museum that will educate about the art and culture of UAE. You can also find some biographies about some famous people of UAE that used to go to Al Ahmadiya School as a child.
- Every day from 8 AM to 7:30 PM
- Friday from 2:30 to 7:30 PM.
- Location: Deira, Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Sharjah Fort (Al Hisn)
Sharjah Fort is a fort built 200 years ago for protecting Sharjah city. This Fort is located in the historic district of Sharjah city. The building has several rooms that have different exhibitions and every one of them are presenting a particular part of UAE and Sharjah’s history.
You can go on the roof of this building and have a perfect view of Sharjah City.
- Saturday to Thursday from 8 AM to 8 pm
- Friday from 4 to 8 PM.
- Location: Hisn Avenue, Al Shuwaihean, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
Grand Bur Dubai Masjid
The oldest mosque in Dubai City is the Grand Bur Masjid which was built in the year 1900. The mosque got rebuilt two times after the first building.
DUBAI Grand Mosque has dress codes. Men are not allowed to wear shorts. Women are not allowed in the mosque if their clothes are not long enough in the sleeves, pants, and dress. You are also asked to take your shoes off before entering the mosque. Women are supposed to wear a traditional Arabian robe called Abaya which you will get at the entrance of the mosque and you will give it back when you leave.
- Timings: 24-7
- Location: Opposite Dubai Museum, NEAR Rulers Court Office, Ali Bin Abi Taleb St, Al Fahidi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).