Dubai’s oldest building
Word to the wise: One of the museum’s highlights is a recreation of the millennia-old Al Qusais tombs.
Given that most of the city was built in the last 30 years, it’s easy to dismiss Dubai as a land void of history. The Al Fahdi Fort, built in 1787 and since converted into Dubai’s national museum, serves as a reminder that there’s been life in the region for millennia. In fact, the earliest artifacts at the museum – namely human remains and ancient spearheads – date back to 3,000BC.
In addition to displaying various relics and vintage photographs, the Dubai Museum also employs a bustling market soundtrack and life-sized figurines to depict the emirate’s early days. Dioramas of craftsmen and models of Bedoiun tents and farms help to evoke a little of the traditions of the tribal groups that inhabited this part of the Arabic Peninsula over the centuries.