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Heritage Village, a Window of Arabic Culture
Situated in the Shindagha area near the creek mouth, the Heritage Village has been created where potters and weavers display their art. The village provides a glimpse of Dubai's traditional culture and lifestyle. There are events regularly performed in this area.
It is recommended to visit this place in the afternoon time. Creek is beautiful in the afternoon. Along the creek, you can also try some traditional food, including Shawarma and Arabic tea.
Dubai Diving & Heritage Village
Diving and Heritage village is located near Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's house on creek side in Al Shindagha. This village give you an idea of traditional culture, life style, architecture and diving traditions. It also includes a tented Bedouin village where you can get an idea of traditional living style. The village remains open for public from 8:00 to 22:00 hours.
There are many shops here selling handicrafts as well as restaurants serving traditional Arabic food. Many families and foreign tourists come here at night time to enjoy food along with beautiful views of creek.
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The Dubai Heritage Village
Located along the tight bend in the Creek, the Heritage Village attempts to show traditional life in the emirate of Dubai as it once was. A building with a wind tower, the old Gulf answer to air-conditioning, has been built with an explanation of how the system works.
Small houses made of mangrove and palm frond have been set up as well as stalls where locals demonstrate traditional crafts such as pottery making and metal pot making. The only trouble here is that they’re not always open, so check timings carefully. You might call ahead before you go to find out if crafts are being demonstrated because they weren’t when we were there in mid-afternoon.
You can be sure, however, that the shops, which are also within the confines of the Heritage Village, will be open for business. They offer a fairly wide collection of items, though much of what they sell is actually of Indian or Pakistani origin. The cute leather camels you see, for example, are almost always made in the Subcontinent. And the silver Bedu jewelry is mostly new, so if you’re looking for old stuff, it’s best to shop elsewhere.
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Located by the Dubai Creek near Sindagha Tunnel, this place recreates the traditional Bedouin culture. You can see Bedouin tents with live people making their wares, cooking and chatting. A bunch of actors and actresses putting a show for you on how life was in the olden days before they discovered oil. This is also the place where you can take pictures of ladies covered up in their abaya and not get into trouble! There are also a lot of souvenir shops here if you need to get some memorabilia – remember to bargain! You can even find some camels in the nearby field. Want to know more about Arabian culture? This is the place to be. Entry is free.
Warning: Don’t buy the ‘pancakes’ sold by the lady ‘actress’. It’s expensive at Dh5 per piece! The stall selling drinks and tidbits are also a tad too expensive compared to what you could get outside!
There are some al-fresco dining place outside of the heritage village, just by the creek. Beautiful place to enjoy dinner while feeling the cool breeze from the creek.
Dubai Heritage Museum and Diving Village
Not a lot was going on in either of these places when we visited at Christmas in the early afternoon, so on our recent very short visit (one day only) to Dubai we revisited later in the day to see if they had livened up. The answer was yes and no. I still could not describe them as hugely exciting, but they were better than before. The Heritage Village in the early evening had camel rides, donkey rides, people making and selling traditional food and people doing traditional crafts. No-one, except the camel, liked having their photo taken, though. If you ask, you are told no and if you take it without asking you are shooed away, which is a shame as it was quite photogenic.
The diving village just had a lady selling mint tea when we visited. It may have more going on later.
The whole Shingdaga Area is worth a stroll though especially if you get a lovely breezy day like we did. The waterfront restaurants are wonderful places to sit and watch the world go by maybe while smoking a traditional sheesha pipe.
The whole heritage area is very close to Al Ghubaiba Metro Station.
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When we visited the Heritage village it was very quiet, it was at a hot time of day - so it may be woth visiting later in the day.
It was very interesting and worth seeing. It was also nice to start our cruise along the creek from here.
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Heritage Village is apparently a celebration of the old Emirati way of life and has many recreations of an old Bedouin Village, Mosque, guest rooms etc... Sadly, advertised to be open from 8am, there was little activity at 10.30am when I arrived other than a few souvenir stores opening up for trade.
There are performances, food and craft demonstrations etc as well as cafes and restaurants overlooking the Creek, but this generally takes place late at night.
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Heritage and Diving Village
The 21st century meets the old Bedouin way of life in the Dubai Heritage Village. In the traditional tented village visitors can enjoy dancing, music and Bedouin hospitality, as well as buy handicrafts.
In the diving village the exhibitions and displays concentrate on the region's centuries of history as a pearl diving centre. Fleets of dhows have been diving the Gulf waters around here since before the birth of Christ and the pearl industry in no small part helped to establish Dubai as a trading centre. The labour intensive industry is a fascinating subject - traditional divers could spend several minutes underwater hunting for the precious commodity. Many of the artefacts on display are from the Jumeirah archaeological site, where the remains of a 6th-century souk were discovered.
This traditional area in Dubai Creek is a perfect place if you want to mix with locals or explore Emirates past and its traditional architecture.
I spent one night here during Arabic New Year's celebrations and being surrounded with locals dressed in traditional clothing felt like I was in some movie.
There is a presentation of a tented beduin village here and many souvenir shops where artists sell their handicrafts.
Pearl diving was one of the first professions in Gulf region, it goes back many thousand years. Hard work and danger makes part of the job, diving for more than one minut and luck was needed to earn the money for the rest of the year.
There's the Heritage Village and Diving Village by the mouth of the Creek and inside Dubai Museum there's some about it too.
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