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Ever since I saw the Heritage village, Bur Dubai on the sodium lamps, I fell in love with that place. Surprisingly I haven't visited that place during my last stay in UAE for 2 1/2 years, but this time I accidentally dropped in there along with Radhakrishnan sometimes back. So some words about that place for you all. This place is significant by the fact that it housed the royal dynasty of Dubai rulers few decades back, when Dubai was just a pearl harvester's hamlet. Now with Dubai prominently placed on the world map, this place is gracefully converted into a museum with nostalgias of the period then. Here you can get the glimpses of Dubai's amazing transformation into a Global Trade Center from a modest seam hamlet. In that aspect I just laud the Tourism department of Dubai for beautifully maintaining this heritage site.


Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai

This is the most liveliest place of Dubai, especially on the Fridays. All the labourers working and living in the construction houses located at the outskirts of Dubai, come here on Friday to refresh themselves, for shopping and just to rejuvenate their spirits to sustain the workload for the following week. So this place is very much bustling with activities. I personally love this place because of my affinity to the water as this place is located near the creek. I can spend any amount of time here just by sitting in the steps of the abra (boat station) and seeing the water. Infact whenever I feel like being alone I used to come and sit in those steps.

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Dubai Museum

Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum, was built around 1787, and once guarded the landward approaches to the town.Renovated in 1971 for use as a museum, its colourful life size dioramas vividly depict everyday life in the days before the discovery of oil. Galleries recreate scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms and desert and marine life. One of the more spectacular exhibits portrays pearl diving, including sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves. Also on display, are artefacts from several excavations in the emirate, recovered from graves that date back to the third millennium BC.

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Sheikh Palaces

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

The Palaces of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Obaid Bin Thani are the live examples of the ancient arabic cosntruction techniques that were designed to overcome the erratic climate when there was no A/C discovered. Also these houses give an idea about the life style where there are large number of family members, with a big centreyard, a tree in that and huge majlis' that cooled the air that was circulated into the houses. They didn't have a concrete roof but used the dried palm woods closely arranged and plastered with clay for their ceiling.

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Sheikh Obaid Bin Thani House

Now the Obaid House displays the evaluations and teachings of Holy Quran, while the Maktoun house houses a the legacy of UAE right from the modest beginnings in a series of photos, which are not allowed to be photographed.

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Heritage Village

Heritage Village

Located at the mouth of the Shindaga tunnel, heritage village is flamboyantly placed next to the old homes of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Obaid Bin Thani. There is also a diving village that offers the tourists a chance to fish on the creek of Dubai. The ancient Arab living style has been recreated in this place with weavers displaying their crafts, their tent life, simple majlis and a shopping street that houses typical Arab gifts. While returning back to India, I have decided to come to this place to buy authentic Arabic gifts for my people back at home.

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{oshits} readers for this blog on the bustling Bur Dubai... You can catch up more photos of this place in my Picasa Album .

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Maheshwaran
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I am a SAP Consultant in my late 30s, residing in the happeing IT City - Bangalore. My interests vary from reading to travelling to handicrafts to photography. My latest interest is on Body building. May be this vivid interest keeps me going in my life without getting bored.