Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house is an ancient building and historical former house quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai in UAE. This former residential building is located in Al Shindagha area along Dubai Creek. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house was established near 1896 as the station of Al Maktoum family.
The building of this house is now using as a museum which contains images and artifacts of ancient town of Dubai. The showpieces are distributed into 9 wings that are as follows:
- The History of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house
- Al Maktoum Family
- Old Dubai
- Marine life
- Views from Dubai
- Social life in Dubai
- Coins and old stamps
- Historic documents and maps
Sneak peak of History of the House:
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house was built as a safe zone residential place of the ruler of Dubai in UAE. This building was remained Sheikh’s residency till his death in 1958. The total area of the building is 3600sqm. The building is also the birth place of sons and grandsons of Sheikh.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house is among the oldest and historical building of the city, one of the famous piece in Dubai’s history. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was former ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958, He was the grandfather of the current ruler of Dubai ‘ H.H Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’.
This is the place where vision for Dubai was dreamt first and where the current ruler of Dubai spent his childhood. The house was built in 1896 and then it transforms into the main features of Dubai. The natural cooling system through wind towers enhance the beauty of this building.
This building is a window into Dubai’s rich culture of past. The Dubai skyline views from the top of the building give the feelings of the journey of time and you may experience how the time changes from past to present in this nation. Being a famous historic site in Dubai it is always fill with tourists.
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Dubai is the land that is famous for its oil productivity and best destination for the tourists from all over the world. It is also loved by people because of the traditional, cultural aspects, food and interesting history. If you are interested to visit this place during your Dubai tour you should know before its history, construction and every detail.
Architecture and design of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum house:
The best feature of the house is overseeing the Arabian Gulf. The design and architecture of the building will force you to travel back in previous times of the ruler’s reign. It is a spatially huge area that is a great example of early 20th century style of architecture.
This beautifully architect building has many wings opened and closed both, few wind towers that are known as Barajeel. This house is changed into museum from the residential place and it is serving with many exhibitions of showcasing the past life of UAE, Its rulers and their families.
You will be surely amazed with the interior and architectural work of this house which is look alike a simple palace. It is proved that the ruler was so friendly and open to the people of Dubai which is very much visible from the mansion to the houses in surrounding. One more example to this is the outer side of the house which has no barriers or fences which shows the warm welcoming attitude towards simple people.
The inner area of the house may be doesn’t look spacious from outside but is very huge and open with exemplary design of unique architecture with its focused on simple life. This house is directed towards Mecca the religious side of the family.
There are some more religious aspects in this home which you can find in first guest room on right side which is considered to be the more auspicious area in Islamic religion. The kitchen of this house is built in the southern side of the house.
You can find an impressive collection of many artifacts from the age of the ruler Sheikh Mohammed, as well as some of his personal collections. Some of them are mentioned below;
You will find some informative and memorable photos of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. These photographs are depicting his professional and personal both lives. There are other photographs as well with other rulers and with his family memers.
You will find different monetary coins in this museum that were used during the period of Sheikh’s rule.
The jewelry remnants are also displayed in the museum that were used to belong to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum himself and his family members.
Same like coins there are vast variety of stamps from the ruling period of Sheikh.
The visit to this house will be surely memorable for you and will force to admire the simplicity of Dubai’s ruler and reflect the outlook and philosophy of great ruler Sheiikh Saeed Al Maktoum. It is a must visit to view the history buffs and cultural vultures.
How to get there:
The house is near Dubai Heritage village so you can get there by hiring a cab or taking the metro or bus. Al Ghubaiba stop is nearest of this destination then you can walk for 10 min.
The time you should plan to spend there is approximately 30 mints to 1 hour for roaming the room s and the skyline top tower. This house is open from Sunday to Thursday from 8am to 8:30 Pm. On Fridays from 3pm to 9:30pm. The best time to visit there is evening time when the house will be cooler and you can enjoy the sun set view as well.