Shindagha Historic District

Area in Bur Dubai

Image by Lara Brunt Lonely Planet

Strategically located at the mouth of Dubai Creek, Shindagha was where the ruling sheikhs and the city elite lived until the 1950s. While a few of the homes have been reconstructed and recast as museums, the area is still lacking new locales, so although it enjoys a lovely position on the Creek, it remains very quiet. A small area is fenced off but once the dust has settled, there will be a new Shindagha Museum, as well as additional exhibits, heritage hotels, cafes and restaurants.

The redevelopment is part of a master plan to create a cohesive historical district on both banks of Dubai Creek in hopes of qualifying for Unesco World Heritage status. The museum promises to be the largest open-air museum in the world.