Modesh’s cultural highlights
While looking to the future, Modesh believes in celebrating the past. He is so proud of his roots and where he comes from that he wants everyone to join him in a journey of discovery to learn more about the heritage of Dubai. Eid Al Adha is the perfect time to learn all about the history of Dubai, so join him and explore his top picks for family-friendly cultural excursions and activities.
Explore Dubai’s historical sites this Eid
Discover Dubai’s history and heritage
While looking to the future, Modesh believes in celebrating the past. He is so proud of his roots and where he comes from that he wants everyone to join him in a journey of discovery to learn more about the heritage of Dubai. It's always a good time to learn all about the history of Dubai, so join him and explore his top picks for family-friendly cultural excursions and activities.
Al Shindagha Museum
Set on the banks of the vibrant Dubai Creek, this is one of Modesh’s favourite experiences. The museum guides you through the story of Dubai, charting how it became the thriving metropolis we know today. The combination of photographs, artefacts as well as interactive multimedia displays and videos make it an interesting day out for all ages. Dana suggests you end your trip with a fragrant visit to the Perfume House which shows the importance of scent in local life.
Al Etihad Museum
Modesh thinks that the modern white building is perfect for photos, and what’s inside is just as fascinating. Located where Union House used to stand, this museum is on the very site where the constitution was signed in 1971, unifying the seven emirates. Pop into the pavilions which have fun interactive displays that show you how the country has developed since it became the first federation in the Arab world.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
Not only can you learn more about Arabic culture, beliefs and lifestyle, but you can also have a sumptuous meal featuring traditional Emirati dishes at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Set in a beautiful coral wind tower house in the historic Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, SMCCU’s knowledgeable hosts are happy to answer any questions about the Emirati way of life. Gain a greater appreciation of local customs in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Library
Housed in a striking monument – the building looks like an open book perched on a lectern – this iconic cultural centre has pride of place in Culture Village, on the creek. It has recently opened its doors to the public and is proving to be an epicentre for learning. Bookworms will enthuse about the fact that the seven-storey structure houses a reported 4.5 million tomes, including digital and audio books.
Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort
The Dubai Museum is appropriately housed in Dubai’s oldest surviving building, the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787. Painstakingly preserved and restored, this space is filled with exhibitions, interactive displays and immersive audio-video presentations. Saunter through a souk showcasing artisans and their crafts, feel the sand under your feet as you learn about desert dwellers and see the scale of the dhows that seafarers and pearl-divers travelled on up-close.
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