Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum House
Shindagha Heritage Area
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Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum House information
The grand courtyard house of Sheikh Saeed, the grandfather of current Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed, is the crown jewel of the restored Shindagha Heritage Area. Built in 1896, under Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher al-Maktoum, the house was home to the ruling family until Sheikh Saeed’s death in 1958. Aside from being an architectural marvel, the building is now a museum of pre-oil times, with an excellent collection of photographs of Dubai taken in the 1940s and ‘50s on the Creek, in the souqs and at traditional celebrations. Included are some striking colour photos of girls adorned for the tawminah , a festival that celebrates children’s successful recitations of the Quran. Other rooms feature coins, stamps and documents dating back as far as 1791, as well as an interesting display on pearl diving.