Dubai’s museums and heritage sites store the memory of the nation, as they are beacons of knowledge and evidence of the emirate’s ancient past and authentic cultural heritage, which the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority “Dubai Culture” carries the message of safeguarding, providing members of the community with rich experiences through a variety of services they provide within these distinctive heritage sites in all across the emirate.
Dubai Culture is committed to its cultural responsibility in preserving the tangible and intangible heritage of the emirate, and celebrating the emirate’s ancient history and authentic Emirati heritage values, based on its belief in the importance of museums and heritage sites in introducing the world to Dubai’s vibrant history and consolidating its global cultural position, and it seeks through museums and archaeological sites. To provide centers for culture and heritage that contribute to providing rich cultural experiences for its visitors, citizens, residents and tourists.
Through its website and smart application, the authority provides a portal with highly efficient services to encourage the public to explore various creative and cultural aspects in Dubai, and provides an opportunity for them to learn about the glorious history and rich legacy of the emirate, and interact with the vibrant and thriving cultural and artistic scene in it. Through the services available on the authority’s website and the sites of the Etihad and Shindagha museums, community members can easily obtain services such as ticket reservations, cultural guidance for groups and delegations in museums and heritage sites, as well as the service of booking spaces and multi-use facilities available in museums. These services are obtained through simple and quick steps.
The Etihad Museum is considered an ancient national edifice with the characteristics of the twenty-first century. It carries within it the history of a nation, and inspires visitors through the story of the founding of the United Arab Emirates, which it tells from the point of view of the country’s leaders to encourage individuals to follow their steps in building the nation, through interactive exhibitions and educational programs. And exhibits that include documents and historical materials documenting the events of the founding of the state. The museum provides a unique journey that explores the chronology of events, up to the declaration of the UAE in 1971, with a focus on the period between 1968 and 1974.
As for Al Shindagha Museum, it is considered a heritage museum with a global character that connects Emiratis, residents and visitors to the rich heritage of the Emirates, and reveals the strong relationship that binds the past to the contemporary Emirati identity. The museum is located within the historical houses of the historic Shindagha neighborhood on the banks of the Dubai Creek, to narrate the history of the emirate and highlight its culture and ancient heritage. The museum provides innovative cultural experiences for tourists, and various cultural activities for all family members within high-quality facilities. Visitors can take advantage of the museum’s services such as booking a guided tour with a cultural guide and booking spaces for events and activities.
As for the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, it provides an opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle that prevailed in Dubai from the mid-nineteenth century until the seventies of the twentieth century. What gives the neighborhood a natural aesthetic diversity. Cafés, restaurants and inns with a picturesque heritage are spread throughout the neighborhood. The visitor can enjoy an interactive tour around the neighborhood, led by a cultural guide, through which he explores the specialized museums such as the Numismatic Museum, the Coffee Museum, the Khanir House, and the history of the prominent traditional architecture in the neighborhood’s buildings.