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 some homes have been reconstructed and recast as museums, most of the area is fenced off until at least 2018 while it is being turned into a heritage district. Once the dust has settled, there will be a new Shindagha Museum as well as additional exhibits, heritage hotels and restaurants.