UAE is an Arabian country with a long history and a very rich culture. Every year a lot of travelers go To UAE and tourism cover a big part of this country’s economy. UAE has a lot of different places to visit and fun activities to engage in. most of these options are modern centers and activities but there are some places inspired by the long history of the United Arab Emirates like traditional shopping centers and museums.
A lot of visitors in the UAE are interested to learn about the Arabian culture and informing themselves about the great history of the Middle East. Museums are the best place to learn more about the humanity and history of every culture and tribe. The modern vibe will trick you into thinking that the UAE doesn’t have a long history. But the truth is that the United Arab Emirates is one of the oldest countries in the world with a memory going back to primitive man. even a lot of the world’s most followed religions come from the Middle East.
The rich culture and history of the UAE give great potential to the country for museums and historical sights. In museums of the UAE, you don’t collect information about the country itself. You will learn about the history of mankind, the Middle East, religions, etc. in this article, we are going to introduce some of UAE’s top museums and give a short profile about them.
Al Fahidi is a castle from the year 1700s that in the year 1971 the Dubai museum was built in there. This castle is located in one of Dubai’s most traditional areas that has become a museum nowadays.
You can see the steps and the path of Dubai and UAE’s progress. You will see what challenges the United Arab Emirates had to face to become what it is today and what was this country before the wealth from the discovery of petroleum.
You will gain information about the culture of the United Arab Emirates before modernization.
- Location: Al Fahidi Fort, Al Fahidi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- Fri – Fri 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- Sat – Thu 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Al Ahmadiya School
Al Ahmadiya School is one of Dubai’s premier schools that was not public and not completely under government surveillance. This semi-formal school was built in 1912 and it continued its work until the year 1962. After the closing of the school, the government renovated it and changed it to a museum.
One of the reasons that the tourists show a lot of interest in this museum is the traditional architecture and interior space that hasn’t changed since the first opening. You can see what a traditional Arabian school looked like in the past. Other than that, there are a lot of historical pieces in this school presenting teachers’ and student’s biography, educational tools, etc.
A number of famous people in the history of the UAE have been a student in this school which has added to the importance and fame of Al Ahmadiya School (museum).
- Location: Deira, Al Ras, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- Saturday – Thursday: 8 am – 7:30 pm
- Friday: 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sharjah Natural History Museum
This is one of the best natural history museums in the world. The Sharjah Natural History Museum has different parts, and every one of them contains a different category (earth, space, sea, botanical, etc).
In the Sharjah Natural History Museum, you can see the wildlife of the Persian Gulf and its coastline. Some parts of the Sharjah Natural History Museum are for kids and it’s made a way to be interesting for children. Museums are mostly boring for kids and they get very frustrated in museums. But this museum has created some exciting activities to make it more amusing for them.
- Location: 173 Sheikh Zayed St, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
- Sunday – Thursday: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
- Friday: 2 PM to 5:30 PM
- Saturday: 11 AM to 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: closed
Dubai Coffee Museum
Drinking coffee is an important part of the Arabian culture that has a long history in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai Coffee Museum is an intriguing museum to help you gain more information about the tradition of making, serving, and drinking coffee in Arab culture. You can purchase books about the traditions around coffee in the Arabian culture or purchase necessary supplies for making Arabic coffee. There is also a coffee shop in the Dubai Coffee Museum where you can drink good Arabic coffee in there.
Dubai Coffee Museum was inaugurated on September 29 (which is international coffee day) in the year 2014.
- Location: historical Neighborhood, Bastakiya, Villa 44, Al Hisn St, Al Fahidi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
- Saturday – Wednesday: 9 AM to 5 PM.
- Friday: closed.
The Camel Museum was inaugurated in the year 1940 and it is one of the oldest museums in the UAE. As you might already know, the camel is one of the main symbols of Arabic culture. Camel is so important in the United Arab Emirates that they have too many words and phrases to describe them. This museum gives you full information about the importance of the camel in Arabic culture and other important animals in the UAE.
- Location: 779Q+9V7 Al Shandagha Historical District, Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
- Monday – Sunday: 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
- Friday: 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a museum offering a collection of the art and cultural history of mankind. This interesting museum with fascinating architecture was designed by a French architect named Jean Nouvel.
The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum is an art museum that works under an agreement between two countries: The United Arab Emirates and France. The agreement allows the UAE to use the Louvre’s name on this museum until the year 2037.
Louvre Abu Dhabi is a grand collection of art pieces and projects from all over the world. 600 art pieces are permanent and there are 300 temporary pieces borrowed from other museums and galleries in the world.
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- Location: Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- Tuesday – Sunday: 10 AM to 6:30 PM.
- Monday: closed
Al Ain Palace Museum
Al Ain Palace Museum is also known as the Sheikh Zayed Museum and the reason is that the Sheikh Zayed family were living in this palace until the year 1966. In this museum, you will see how the rich people and the men in power used to live in the past in the United Arab Emirates. You will see the luxurious life of Arab Sheikhs and different aspects of their wealth and power.
- Location: Hessa Bint Mohamed St, Central District, Al Mutawaa, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- Timings: every day: 9 AM to 7 PM