Sheikh Saeed House is located in the Al Shindagha area, between the banks of the creek and the Arabian Gulf (Map of Dubai).
Dating back to 1896, during the era of the late Shekh Maktoum Bin Hasher Al Maktoum, the house was the ruler's residence and the center of administration.
The house, a national monument showcases the history and development of Dubai. Sheikh Saeed House became the seat of government and the nucleus for political and social organizations. With its Arab architecture and ornamentation, the house represents the finest of the traditional buildings and original Arab and Islamic art.
Above the house are four wind towers or Al Barajeel. The wind towers were a traditional way of keeping the house cool during the summer months.
The house is divided into many wings and each is allocated for a certain part of the history and heritage of the Emirates. The exhibits include rare documents, stamps, photographs and traditional arts and crafts.From atop the house one can view the city's skyline dotted with tall buildings along the creek and marvel at the enormous development that has taken place in Dubai in recent years.
The house is open to both local and foreign tourists and students from schools and universities. It also has a shop that sells books and souvenirs. Parking for cars and buses available.
Open to Public
Morning : 8.30 AM to 1.30 PM
Evening : 3.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Fridays : 3.30 PM to 8.30 PM
For further information
Tel : 00 9714 535928, P.O. Box 5818, Dubai, U.A.E.
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