Built in 1896, made into a museum in 1986, the Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House is the home of the former ruler of Dubai who died in 1958.
Relatively modest considering its heritage, the museum contains numerous rooms of photographs, coins, stamps and documents - the photographs of old Dubai and the old way of life particularly interesting.
But it's also as much about the building itself and the traditional architecture.
Open 8am - 10pm, Sat-Thurs: 3pm - 10pm, Fri
Entry: 6 AED
Besides the Dubai Museum, the nearby Heritage Village is another great spot for exploring & understanding Dubai's early beginnings.
Sheikh Saeed House overlooks the mouth of Dubai Creek and is a listed national monument. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the father of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum and the grandfather of Dubai's former ruler, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The year-round exhibition inside showcases the history of Dubai dating back to 1896. It was once the seat of the local government and a venue of political & social events whilst Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was in residence here.
Restoration began in 1986 & the fully restored complex nowadays shows old photographs, paintings, manuscripts & art pieces from the early days of the emirate.
I love the old photographs of Al Fahidi Fort (built in the 18th century) and the first healthcare centre: Al Maktoum Hospital as well as one of the first education buildings: Al Ahmadiya School.
There is also a separate section showing Dubai's ties with the surrounding marine life and the profitable & dangerous practice of pearl diving. Another wing of the building boasts a collection of some of the country's first postal stamps & currency.
The arched doorways, sculpted window overhangs and trellis screens were fashionable characteristics of Islamic architecture in the late 1800s.
Unless you're a history enthusiast, there's no need to allocate a lot of time. Just pop in, have a quick look around, and continue exploring the historic area & souks around the Dubai Creek. 45-60min is sufficient.
Also, tall people beware: the doorways are pretty low (I've bumped my head a few times!)
TIP: Dubai Museum, the Bastakiya (Ruler's Court) and the Textile Souk are located nearby, so you can spend one afternoon exploring this historic area before settling down for a nice Arabic dinner & a Sheesha (water pipe) at one of the creek side restaurants.
Sat - Thur: 08:00am - 09:00pm.
Fridays: 03:00pm - 09:30pm.
One of must see site in Dubai is the simple and modest home of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum who was former ruler of Dubai. This house was built in year 1896 in traditional Arabic style. Just next to it is Dubai's Heritage and Diving Village
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is located near creek and Al Shindagha tunnel in Bur Dubai district. Now it has been turned in to historical museum. There are different sections which give you an idea of life in Dubai before discovery of oil. Old photographs, stamps and coins are also on display.
Entry is by ticket of AED 2 ( $ 0.5 appox) . Timings from Saturday to Thursday are 8:30 to 2100 hours . If you have interest in culture and history then visit to this site is must for you.
If you love photography and photographs, you MUST pay this place a visit.
This house was once the summer home of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai between 1912 and 1958. It re-opened as a museum in 1986 and houses collections of historic photographs, coins, stamps and documents.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum had been most instrumental in driving the growth of Dubai to where it is today. Snatch little moments of intimacy between father and sons and between friends as you will see photos of the former ruler taken with his young sons and with other rulers of his time of the region.
There are collections of photos taken of daily life as well, allowing you a quick walk through Dubai history and be amazed at how breakneck a speed that Dubai is evolving.
For folks who love architecture, weaving through the many rooms (there are at least 10 galleries) would also be part of the enjoyment of the place as you get to experience traditional Dubai architectural style from up close.
There is a souvenir shop on the grounds.
Admission is 2 AED, circa Jan 08.
Dating back to the late 1800s, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum's House on Al Shindagha Road is one of the oldest residences in Dubai. Built in traditional Islamic style, around a central courtyard, the house has been much restored and now approaches what it must have looked like when first built. The windtowers are of note, but as much care has gone into restoring the interior, and the woodwork - including carved screens and elegant balustrades - is particularly fine.
According to local stories the house was built on the Bur Dubai bank of the creek in order to enable the Sheikh to keep a running tally of trade entering and leaving the city. It is easy to believe with its position on the banks of the creek offering some great views out to sea.
Previously the seat of government and the official residence for several generations of Sheikh rulers of the Emirate the house was eventually reopened as a museum in 1986. With a collection of photography and small artefacts it traces the development of Dubai as it turned from desert township to international city.
This building was once the official residence of the ruler of Dubai and was the seat of the Dubai government. It was restored in 1986 and is now home to exhibits of paintings, photographs and art objects which portray the history of Dubai. Visiting this building will also allow you to have a closer look at a traditional Arabian courtyard house - rooms with small doors and wind towers.
Sat - Thurs : 8.00 am - 8.30 pm
Fri : 3 pm - 9.30 pm
Unfortunately, when I was there, some renovations was going on and the place was a bit messy. Some exhibits were also missing from their display. Nevertheless, it still made an interesting visit.
If you are curious about Dubai in its earlier development (around 1950), you better heading to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House. The house was built in 1896 and now it is dedicated to museum after going through restoration project. You can find photographs from Dubai in the past decade. (You will be amazed to see how fast Dubai develop)
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is situated in Sindagha, Bur Dubai. (You can stop by to visit the house while you are visiting the creek ) The entrance fee is 2 Dirham per person. Timing is Sat-Thu 8.30am-9pm; Fri 3pm-10pm