Arts & Culture in Dubai

Dubai Museum
A visit to the Dubai Museum is a must on every Dubai itinerary.  Housed within the beautifully restored Al Fahidi Fort, which was erected around 1787 to defend the city against invasion, the museum’s diverse collection of exhibits offers a fascinating insight into the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.

Visiting hours: Saturday - Thursday: 8:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday: 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Price: Adult: AED 3, Children under six: AED 1

The old Bastakiya district, with its narrow lanes and tall wind towers, offers a tantalising glimpse of old Dubai.  Immediately to the east of Al Fahidi Fort, this area hosts the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses with wind towers in Dubai.  In the past, the city was famous for a mass of wind towers that lined the Creek on either side.  These were not merely decorative, but were the only means of cooling houses in the days before mains electricity.

No visiting hours apply
Price: Free of charge

Hatta Heritage Village
The Hatta Heritage Village represents a fine example of the heritage of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.  Situated 115km southeast of Dubai city in the heart of the rocky Hatta Mountains, it provides the visitor with a fascinating glimpse into Dubai’s historical past.

Visiting hours: Saturday to Thursday: 8:00am to 10:00 pm. Friday: 8:00 am to 11:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Ramadan: 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
Activities time: 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight
Price: Free of charge

Bait Al Wakeel
Bait Al Wakeel, Dubai is the first building in the city dedicated completely to administration purposes and is a great example of early 20th century architecture.  The building is one of the popular tourist attractions in Dubai.  Tourism is an important industry to Dubai, following the government’s strategy to ensure the flow of foreign money.  Most visitors come here for the shopping, but a large number of modern and ancient attractions can also be found here.  Visit Bait Al Wakeel, Dubai to learn about the primitive facilities available to the then bureaucracy.

No visiting hours apply
Price: Free of charge

Bedouin Village Dubai
The Bedouin Village lies outside Dubai, providing an experience of the traditional desert way of life that may include camel-riding lessons.  Those who want a desert safari experience with a difference can choose to stay at Al Maha, a unique luxury resort set in 3,300 acres of dunes off the highway, between blankets, rugs, beads and a variety of other rural handicrafts spread on the ground.

Contact the concierge desk to arrange a visit of the Bedouin Village at +971 4 602 1635

Al Quoz Art Galleries
In the heart of Dubai in the industrial quarter of Al Quoz, one can find an area that is growing in reputation as an art hub.  Operating throughout the year, many galleries exhibit contemporary art from emerging local talent and international artists.

Open from Saturday to Thursday, from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm

Contact Information
Contact concierge service on: +971 4 602 1635, or e-mail

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