House of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum
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Two Introductions to the History of Dubai
Wandering the streets of Al Shindagha, a neighborhood in the historic heart of Dubai, you’ll realize that the emirate’s colorful past and fascinating culture is not limited to a few historic sites and instead can be found around every corner. That said, at the mouth of Dubai Creek, two adjacent museums should be on the must-see list of every traveler headed to Dubai. The most famous of the city’s many wind-tower houses is the former home of Sheikh Saaed Al Maktoum, who ruled Dubai from 1912 to 1958. Dubai’s current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited and played here as a child. Next door, the Dubai Heritage Village presents the history, craftsmanship, and cuisine of Dubai in workshops and restaurants—it is also a great place for a pleasant stroll along the creek.
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