note, this venue is currently UNDER RENOVATION and will be closed to the public
until further notice.
Juma and Obaid Bin Thani House was built in 1916, at the old area of Al Shindagha. It is one of the oldest houses built in this area. It is also close to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House and is considered a historic edifice with ideal local architectural elements. It was restored in 1998 and it now holds the continuous exhibition for Arabic calligraphy entitled, "Arabic Calligraphy Over Time".
Visitors have a unique opportunity to know and enjoy a traditional home comprised of 20 rooms, spread over two floors, with their unique local architectural elements, and will be able to note the elegant and fine artistic taste of the house owners, who took great care of it in terms of the design and distribution of the elements, also in regards to the building materials. The house has a dreamy atmosphere reeking of heritage and is a special attraction for the visitors of the "Arabic Calligraphy Over Time" exhibition, which has two divisions. The first division tells about the history of Arabic calligraphy and the phases of its evolution in different parts of the Islamic region. The other division contains a variety of original examples of Arabic calligraphy, of some of the most famous calligraphers, from all over the Islamic region. The exhibition also displays examples and samples of Arabic calligraphy tools, an introduction about them and how to use them. This exhibition is an attraction to several creative artists in the Arab world, regionally and internationally, and is a distinguished destination for tourists who are looking for cultural, old and refined artistic nourishment. The exhibition also hosts and takes part in a number of activities such as lectures, workshops for training in Arabic calligraphy, conferences for Arabic calligraphy and for the Arabic language.
A visit to Jumaa and Obaid Bin Thani House is a unique opportunity to know an authentic and elegant example of local houses reflecting heritage, which expresses the dire need of the local citizens to enjoy life and to make use of the poorest of the environmental resources available such as stone, gypsum, sandal wood, fronds and palm wood, to form and adapt a living environment, which accommodates their material and moral needs. Also, the hosting of the "Arabic Calligraphy Over Time" exhibition gives the visitor a chance to get acquainted with the charm of Arabic calligraphy, which has a long history and continuously creates interest due to its relation to the scripture of the Holy Quran, which is hallowed by over a billion Muslims all over the world.
|Geographical location||Al Shindagha area - Bur Dubai|
|Area||3,600 square metres|
|Working hours||Saturday to Thursday, from 8:00 to 20:30, and Fridays, from 15:00 until 21:30|
|Admission fees||AED 3 for adults, AED 1 for children (under the age of 6)|
|Tourism guidance||Available for free|
|Telephone||04-393 7139 and 04-515 5000|
|Public transport buses||You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba bus station nearby|
|Metro stations||You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba metro station nearby |
|Parking areas||Free parking area is available close to the site|