Dubai opens Phase One of Al Shindagha Museum

Al Shindagha Museum is billed as a world-class museum that connects emiratis, residents and visitors to the UAE’s heritage

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has announced that the Al Shindagha Museum is now open to visitors. Phase One of the project includes the ‘Dubai Creek: Birth of a City’ pavilion and Perfume House.

The museum is said to represent the first phase of the Dubai Historical District (DHD) project. It is the result of a collaboration between Dubai Culture, which will manage the museum’s content and operations, Dubai Municipality (DM), and Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).

“The opening of Al Shindagha Museum commemorates the historical city of Dubai and our ancestors’ footprints to ensure they continue inspiring future generations, strengthening their sense of pride in their country and heritage. This major landmark allows us to spread our rich heritage and introduce it to visitors, underlining our vigorous efforts to safeguard Emirati heritage, in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” said Dubai Culture Chairman Abdul Rahman Al Owais.

According to a statement, Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 aims to attract more than 20 million visitors per year by 2020, of which DHD aims to attract 12 million. In line with this, the museum will be managed by Dubai Culture as part of the Authority’s mandate to consolidate Dubai’s position as a regional and global focal point for diverse cultural exchange.

“The museum will serve as an effective addition to the Dubai Historical District and a major attraction for visitors, providing deep insights, not only on Dubai’s history but also the UAE’s rich heritage. This serves as the first step in the development of the Dubai Historical District, which will help drive the city’s burgeoning tourism sector and cultural scene,” Al Owais added.

Mohammed Al Murr, chairman of the Dubai Historical District Development Committee commented, “Al Shindagha Museum reflects the wise leadership’s keen interest in preserving our cultural identity, which is inspired by our history and reflected in our heritage, customs, and traditions, especially as it is located in Al Shindagha Historic Neighbourhood. The museum invites all community segments to visit and get a glimpse into Dubai’s development and transformation that allowed it to reach its leading position.”

Saeed Al Nabouda, acting director general at Dubai Culture concluded, “This museum is a direct translation of the vision of Sheikh Mohammed. It also represents the first phase of the DHD project which will support cultural tourism in Dubai and the UAE at large by bringing authentic traditions and heritage to life. The museum is part of our ongoing efforts to establish Dubai as a global cultural hub and support Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 by inviting the world to discover our rich heritage.”


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