Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

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    Heritage Village

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    OK, if I am being honest with our usual superb timing, we arrived here 10 minutes after it shut. That is it was still open, you could still go in, but the shops and any display of craft had finished. This did not bother me as I fully expected it to be like Dubai's heritage village. None too exciting. The best bit was the views from it over towards the Abu Dhabi skyline and towards the Emirates Palace Hotel. This is right next door to a little mosque, a big flagpole and other viewing points.

    Opening Times: Saturday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm, and Friday from 3.30pm to 9pm
    Where: near Marina Mall, Breakwater, Abu Dhabi city. Entrance free.

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    by call_me_rhia Written Oct 29, 2013
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    we arrived at heritage village just before 5 pm - and the buildings and shops were closingv for the day. we walked about and enjoyed the fort and reconstructions from the outside - they seemed OK but not spectacular... passed by the cow shed: the fat cow had a fan to keep her cool!!! - then headed for the beach: from there you have a stunning view over abu dhabi skyline!!! a great sight at sunset...

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    A Glimpse into UAE Cultutre

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2013
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    THe Heritage Village provides a microcosm of the culture of the United Arab Emirates. This village is ,located at the Abu Dhabi Marina, near the Marina Mall and facing lulu island and has views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche. If you are on a day tour of Abu Dhabi from Dubai, this village is usually included in the stops in Abu Dhabi. Inside the village are many activities, like a re-creation of a souq, a traditional old mosque, a Bedouin encampment with a goat-hair tent and camels, and a barasti house. Workshops are held where you can watch craftsmen making pots, blowing glass, beating brass and weaving on traditional looms and you can buy assorted souvenir items too.

    Hours: 08:00-13:00 & 17:00-21:00 Sat-Thu, 17:00-21:00 Fri

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    Heritage Village

    by chizz Written Apr 2, 2008

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    The Heritage Village displays several traditional handicrafts for the visitor to Abu Dhabi. You can see a traditional well, for example, where an ox draws out the water, there is a resident camel and donkey which can give rides to kids at certain times of the day. There are stalls selling souvenirs too and traditional craft workshops. The village does close around 1pm for lunch until late afternoon.

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    Bedouin Heritage Village

    by xiquinho Written Dec 27, 2007

    On a large site near to the breakwater is the city’s brand new Bedouin Heritage Village. It is designed to represent the city as it was before the advent of oil. If you can’t make it out on to safari this is the only way to get any sort of feel for traditional Arabian life in the city. The reproduction of a Bedouin encampment is accompanied with an artificial, “genuine” souk.

    There are also some reproductions of the more permanent homes that formed the town before it was concreted over in the 1970s - it’s hard to believe that just 40 short years ago these mud-brick fishermen’s houses were the standard housing for many of Abu Dhabi’s citizens.

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    Heritage Village

    by zuyao Written Nov 19, 2007
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    The Heritage Village is located at the Breakwater (near Marina Mall). Run by the Emirates Heritage Club, the village attempts to showcase the culture and life of Bedouins before the discovery of oil. It has a small museum exhibiting various Bedouin costumes, weapons, agricultural tools, pearl diving tools and some nice pictures of the old days. But I think the biggest emphasis here was the handicraft section. This showcases the various crafts like pottery, carpentry, bronzeware etc. with life handicraft making in process. Next to them is a handicraft shop selling their products. For those who do not have the time to visit Al Ain Oasis, you can also see a mock ‘Falaj’ irrigation system as well as witness how water is raised from the well to irrigate the farmland. The place would also be an excellent place to do some souvenir shopping as there’s a re-created souq selling souvenirs. You can also get a nice view of the Abu Dhabi corniche from here.

    But in comparison to the heritage village in Dubai, I felt that the one in Abu Dhabi was rather small and lacking in things like Arabian food. But it was still a nice and quick way to get a glimpse of Bedouin life.

    Entrance is free. It is open at 9am (I think it’s opened quite late in the evening on Friday).

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    Traditional wells

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    A decorated well

    A trip to the Heritage Village is good for introducing yourself with the traditional UAE culture before undertaking a real life 4 wheel drive to the interior of the country.

    The hosts are very friendly, especially towards the children. The young ones will end up getting many gifts.

    Children will enjoy camel rides and playing with Saluki dogs.

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    A look at the heritage.

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    Dhow - Arabian traditional boat

    The two Heritage Villages of Abu Dhabi deserve an evening of exploration.

    We visited the Heritage Village of the Abu Dhabi Breakwater with my sister and her daughter who visited us from Pakistan in 2004 on the eve of our departure from UAE for Canada.

    The entrance is free and the hosts are extremely courteous.

    You will be able to see traditional Arabian village life in the Heritage Village.

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    UAE heritage village

    by woef Written Jun 17, 2007

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    camel

    new (old) town. Free entrance.
    Handicrafts are being made (and sold)

    If you wanne see a camel and you don't want to leave the city ... this is the place.

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