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Closed indefinitely for renovation, this 1890 courtyard house once belonged to Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk, a wealthy pearl merchant and founder of the adjacent Al Ahmadiya School, Dubai's oldest learning pen. Built from coral and gypsum, it wraps around a central courtyard flanked by verandas to keep direct sunlight out, and sports lofty wind towers for cooling the air. If workers are on-site, ask nicely and you may be able to take a peek inside.
No reopening date had been set at the time of writing.