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Al Fahidi Fort was built in several phases. The oldest tower was built around 1787 and believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. The fort was used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighbouring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the ruler’s palace, a garrison, and a prison.
Inside the fort are displays of traditional wooden boats and a traditional house.
Under the fort is a network of rooms that house the main section of the museum. I particularly liked the lifelike dioramas.
In the museum I learnt about the early inhabitants of Dubai with artefacts from an archaeological site in Al Qusais area that goes back to 3000 BC. I also learnt about the daily life of the Bedouin people of Dubai. It was very interesting, well-laid out and definitely worth the visit. I was interested to see the similarities to the Dilmun civilisation of Bahrain and I think that the Bahrain Museum is far superior to the Dubai Museum.
I had assumed that theft is non-existent here because of the penalties under Sharia Law but I was offered an iPhone by a shifty looking Indian fellow so I guess that isn’t true, so when I walked through Hindi Street and the souk in the early evening, I turned my backpack onto my front to protect my goodies.
After wandering along the Creek bank and seeing interesting old buildings I headed back by Metro to my hotel where I made good use of the pool and shisha lounge. It was delightful to eat dinner and smoke shisha by the poolside in my bikini, far from my secluded life in Saudi Arabia.
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