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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.
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.