The Dubai Heritage Village
The Dubai Heritage Village
3.5
About
Located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth, the Dubai Heritage Village (Hatta Village) provides a glimpse into Dubai’s traditional culture and lifestyle, including Emirate’s maritime history, pearl diving traditions and architecture. Displays include a tented Bedouin village, ancient armory, wooden chests and cooking utensils.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 4 min walk
  • Al Ghubaiba • 7 min walk
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Nomad19470970825
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Business
Take an immersive walk and explore some of the hidden cultural gems as you meander through the winding alleys with mud and gypsum walls with corals and sea shells that keep the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood cool even during the summer months. Some of the interesting ones to take you down the nostalgia lane are the Dubai museum, coin museum, dagger museum, coffee museum and the traditional Emirati house. In the earlier days, the Sheikhs families crushed the mother of pearls as the sunlight would reflect on them, making it easy for fishermen to find their way back to the harbour. You can also book a Cultural lunch or dinner with the local people here, while you interact with them and know about their Bedouin roots. End your walk with the Bur Dubai Spice market and a stroll through the Old Souk where you can unearth some real treasures and souvenirs at throwaway prices to take back home.
Written October 23, 2023
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Karl P
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is one of the most innovative museum displays I ve seen, very cleverly arranged. It is vast covering 23 buildings, has a small coffee shop somewhere around buiding 8. Aircon is very cool throughout, good wheel chair access. A bit convoluted to navigate but there are secuty guides/ guards who are there to show you the way, ask if they dont approach you first. The content is beautifully presented and shows the culture and history of Dubai. The glass fronted ticket office provided cool respite from the heat and is around 80m from the lifts down to the metro station. The water front and souk are nearby.
Written April 28, 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,924 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Created in 1997 after most of traditional Dubai had already been demolished to make way for skyscrapers and modern apartment blocks. The heritage village is not like Disney land, but sometimes feels a bit like it. The purpose of the place is to acquaint foreign visitors with old traditions of Dubai (what kind of food people ate, the boats they built, pottery they made, in what kind of houses or shelters they lived, their cultural expression etc.).

Worth a visit if you are interested in what Dubai was like before the big transition.

Located north of Ghubaiba metro station along the creek.
Written February 17, 2023
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leila l
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
The access fee is small and you get to visit two places, the perfumes show room and the creek's history room, overall it's a nice experience and good information.
Written December 27, 2020
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BLA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
It is very happy to see all the places in the tripadvisor app.okay thanks for some good apps for getting some knowledge about the places. I am feeling super it is awesome and amazing.
Written July 4, 2020
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Mirela
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
although i used to live in Dubai for few years before, i never went to the heritage village until this trip... was pleasantly surprised. felt like going back to the times the locals were living simpler lives, handcrafting beautiful artisanal pieces and sipping coffee...
Written March 6, 2020
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Jacqueline
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I love this area. It has a totally different vibe to the modern Dubai. Lots of souks nearby and cheap cafes. Well worth a visit.
Written February 26, 2020
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Broaders
Dubai, United Arab Emirates37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The Heritage Village gives a peek into life within the region before modern development. The vilage actually includes part of the original Rulers Palace. There are attractions such as traditional cooking demonstrations and pottery making, dhow building and others. As usual with all such venues, the village is a little commercial and "touristy" but, if you are only visiting Dubai for a few days, it does provide an interesting insight into the Dubai of before.
Written February 11, 2020
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Gil J
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Great place to visit, if you can avoid the busy times. Lots of tour coaches visit here, especially when tour ships are in town, which is quite often. Parking is a nightmare, so the best way to visit is to hire a limo and get your driver to drop you off and then pick you up an hour later. A three hour tour of Old Dubai in a clean air conditioned Lexus cost us 240 Dirhams and was money well spent. Great when the call to prayer is being
played from the adjacent mosque. Very touristy, but olde world and very pretty. Even the camel had an anti spit mask on. Worth a trip.
Written December 1, 2019
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,405 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It is a pseudo vintage neighborhood set up in the typical superficial Dubai style. Except for the selfie crazy Chinos, it doe snot work for others.
Written November 24, 2019
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