At Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, you can learn about how people lived in Old Dubai in the middle of the 1800s. This area, which is on the Dubai Creek, is an important heritage site that has kept a lot of its original infrastructure.
The old wind towers, which are made of sandstone, teak, gypsum, palm wood, and sandalwood, are only a small part of Al Fahidi’s past. Every alley, winding path, and cool tower has a story to tell about a time before the seven emirates.
As you walk along the winding streets, you’ll find a variety of cultural events, museums, art galleries, and traditional food. Always know about events going on in the area by checking out the Dubai calendar. Don’t miss the Sikka Art Fair or Heritage Week.
Things that happen at Al Fahidi
You can check out more than 50 “houses.” Start your trip at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). From there, you can learn about the district’s different cultures. The Coin Museum is also very interesting. It has over 470 rare coins on display and shows how money worked in India, the British Empire, and other countries in the area before they got their freedom.
The Symposium House and Events House are also great. The Events House often hosts cultural events and heritage-related activities, like shows by local artists. Dar Al Khatt, the Calligraphy House, is a great place to visit if you’re interested in Arabic calligraphy and anything else connected to it. Also, don’t miss the Municipality House, which is a great example of a traditional Dubai building.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do you get to the historical neighborhood of Al Fahidi?
The Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood is easy to get to, and the nearby Al Seef area has a lot of parking spots. Only 700 meters away is the Sharaf DG Metro Station. There are also bus stops at Bastakia, Fahidi, and Heritage Village that are even closer. You can always take a taxi or a car straight to the spot.
Q. When did the Al Fahidi fort get built?
Al Fahidi Fort was built in 1787 and is outside of the Dubai Museum. It has been used as the ruler’s base, a protected home, a prison, and an arsenal over the years. The fort was fixed up during the rule of Sheikh Rashid in Saeed Al Maktoum. It became a museum in 1971.
Q. How long does it take to see everything in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood?
What you do during your visit will determine how long it takes to see the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. There are more than 50 “houses” to discover in the winding alleys. These include the Coins Museum, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), and many other museums, cultural groups, and ateliers.
Q. Who built the fort in Al Fahidi?
Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building in Dubai. It was built in the late 18th century as a defense along the edge of the city at that time. The fort was built from the 1830s to the 1850s, while the late Shaikh Maktoum bin Butti was in charge. Not much is known about the people who gave permission and oversaw the building of the fort.
Q. How much does it cost to get into the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood?
You can visit Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood for free. In fact, many tourists go there to see the culture and traditional side of Dubai. You can get into the 31,000-square-meter site without a ticket or fee, but the gift shops, galleries, and other places will charge their own prices.
Q. Can we take business pictures in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood?
In Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, tourists can use both smartphones and high-end photos. For “professional” shoots that would make it hard for other people to enjoy the park, special permission is needed. Also, be very careful when taking shots of other people, because they might not want to be in them. Always be polite and ask for permission.
Q. Is there parking in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood?
There is parking around the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. People who drive can leave their cars in public parking lots next to the roads or in one of the many private parking lots in the area. Both choices are paid, but the second one costs more per hour.