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Traditional Architecture Museum

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The Traditional Architecture Museum is located within a house built in 1928, which was owned by Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum in the Al Shindagha historical area. It is located on the banks of Dubai Creek near the Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum House and it consists of two floors, containing ten rooms with a large courtyard in the centre of the house, surrounded by diwans? (large halls) from all sides. The house is considered as one of the best examples of local architecture, in regards to its elegant style, and the choice of its construction and decoration materials. It is built from coral, stone, plaster, fronds and trunks of palm trees, chandal wood and teakwood.

The visitors of the museum have the chance to get fully acquainted with the traditional urban (municipal), and architectural components and characteristics of Dubai. The information is displayed through drawings, diagrams, prototypes, samples and sculptures (many of which are of real-world size), blueprints and aerial shots that show the urban development of Dubai. The museum consists of nine main wings representing traditional architecture in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai. They display the different sorts of urban development, whether coastal or rural, in the deserts or mountains along with a traditional house with its different elements and components, the traditional architecture elements that reflect the distinction and uniqueness of local architecture, traditional ornaments made of gypsum, wood or glass, tools and materials of traditional building. The visitor can see human models of real-world size absorbed in traditional building and architectural restoration, where the ways and tools of restoring traditional buildings and preserving them are displayed.

A visit to the Museum of Traditional Architecture gives an unprecedented opportunity to explore a local, unique human experience that was able to produce a distinctive urban and architectural development in harmony with its values, expressive of its needs, despite the scarcity and rarity of natural resources, of great building and construction skills that are deeply rooted in the citizens of Dubai. These skills are the reason why they followed on the path of their predecessors, in the miraculous modern urban and architectural icons they establish. The urban and architectural development that this museum reveals to you about Dubai, shows you that Dubai was and still is expanding, developing and modernizing ever since it was founded, and that its urban and architectural development is strong and deep-rooted.

Geographical locationAl Shindagha area - Bur Dubai
Area1,100 square metres
Working hoursFrom Sunday to Thursday, from 8:00 until 14:00. On Friday and Saturday the museum is closed
Admission feesFree of charge
Tourism guidanceAvailable for free
Telephone04-392 0093 and 04-515 5000​
E-mailinfo@dubaiculture.ae
Public transport busesYou can reach the location through the Ghubaiba bus station nearby
Metro stationsYou can reach the location through the Ghubaiba Metro Station nearby
Parking areasFree parking area is available close to the site​