The museum is located on the banks of Dubai Creek near the Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum House and it comprises of two floors, including ten rooms with a large courtyard in the centre of the house, surrounded by (diwans) large halls from all sides. The house is reflected as one of the best patterns of local architecture, in regards to its sophisticated elegance, and the high-quality of its building and decoration materials. It is constructed from coral, stone, plaster, fronds and trunks of palm trees, special wood and teak wood.
The visitors of the museum have the opportunity to get fully familiar with the traditional urban (municipal), and architectural components and features of Dubai. The information is presented through drawings, diagrams, prototypes, samples and sculptures (many of which are of real-world size), blueprints and aerial shots that show the urban development of Dubai.
The museum consists of nine main wings – demonstrating traditional architecture in the United Arab Emirates and Dubai. They exhibit the diverse categories of urban expansion, whether coastal or rural, in the deserts or mountains along with a traditional house with its diverse foundations and constituents. The old-fashioned architecture elements reveal the difference and exclusivity of local architecture, traditional ornaments made of gypsum, wood or glass, tools and materials of traditional building. Visitor can see human models of real-world size engrossed in traditional building and architectural restoration, where the ways and tools of restoring traditional buildings and preserving them are displayed.
A visit to the Museum of Traditional Architecture gives an extraordinary chance to discover a local, exceptional human experience that was able to produce a characteristic urban and architectural expansion in harmony with its standards. These are communicative of its requirements, regardless of the scarcity and shortage of natural resources, of abundant building and construction skills that are sincerely engrained in the citizens of Dubai.
These skills assist as a guidance from the predecessors, in the miraculous modern urban and architectural icons they establish. The urban and architectural development that this museum reveals about Dubai, shows that Dubai was and still is expanding, developing and modernizing ever since it was founded, and that its urban and architectural development is strong and deep-rooted.
Sun to Thurs, from 08:00 – 14:00
Fri and Sat the museum is closed
Admission fees Free of charge
Tourism guidance available for free
Photo courtesy: www.dm.gov.ae
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