Friday, May 20, 2011

Dubai: Dubai Museum

Finally convinced my friend to go to a museum right before my flight! We decided to go to Dubai Museum. At first it seemed really small and just the fort part but actually there is a huge underground part to it that just kept going and going! We were so surprised with the size and quality of the museum. A really great place to visit in Dubai and only 3 Durhams to enter.

Dubai Museum (متحف دبي‎) is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort (حصن الفهيدي‎), built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil. In addition to artifacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 B.C.

There were some nice pearl diving sections.  The whole museum had figures in dioramas.

Below was a really neat diorama with a video of a man doing carpentry playing in the back behind a somewhat opaque screen.  It looked like there was really someone in there and some of the children were trying to talk to him!  A really fantastic use of technology.  Unfortunately the photo didn't really come out too good and you can't see the video.

After the museum we walked around the area for a bit and got some shawarma before I had to head to the airport.

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