The Best Places For History and Culture-LoversFrom the outside, Dubai might look like its attractions are a little bit shallow in nature, but there are also plenty of attractions for visitors who want to understand Emirati history and culture. Some are best visited with an expert guide in order to fully appreciate the exhibits on display.
Dubai MuseumThe Dubai Museum is inside the Al Fahidi Fort and contains exhibitions about life in Dubai over the centuries, including the differences between the urban and rural populations. It also features an exhibition about Emirati folklore and offers visitors the chance to compare the Dubai of the past with the shining city of the present.
Jumeirah MosqueThis is the only mosque in Dubai that welcomes non-Muslim visitors on most days of the week, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Islam’s rituals and customs, or you just want to see one of Dubai’s most interesting landmarks, it’s definitely worth a visit. Guided tours are highly recommended so that you can ask any questions that spring to mind.
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Etihad MuseumThe Etihad Museum tells the story of the founding of the United Arab Emirates as a nation in 1971, with interactive displays and experience-based exhibits. If you want to learn more about this unique country then it’s the best place to go.
Global VillageBetween October and April every year, the Global Village swings into action. This attraction brings together food, products, and people from different countries around the world into one massive festival of culture, featuring shows, concerts, and even a fairground. If you’re in town while the Global Village is open, it’s well worth a visit, especially after dark.
QE2 MuseumThis isn’t strictly speaking a museum that will teach you about the UAE or Dubai, but it is fascinating. This famous former cruiseliner is docked in Dubai and is a floating hotel as well as a museum dedicated to telling the story of the golden age of ocean liners. It’s also a great spot for brunch!