This waterfront museum is part of the Al Shindagha Museum restoration project and is the former home of a Dubai sheikha who loved all things perfume. The old building has been restored and interactive exhibits detail all things scent, smells and fragrance. There’s also a gift store stocked with wonderful-smelling and unique Emirati fragrances, but be warned: they don’t come cheap. Keep your entry ticket and you’ll get free access to the nearby Dubai Creek House.

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1. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

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Recently restored as part of the new Shindagha Historic District development, this grand courtyard house served as the residence of Sheikh Saeed, the…

2. Shindagha Historic District

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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 a few of the…

3. Saruq Al Hadid Archaeology Museum

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Only discovered in 2002, Saruq Al Hadid sits deep in the desert sands of the southern reaches of the Dubai emirate and is believed to have been an iron…

4. Crossroads of Civilizations Museum

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This private museum in the Shindagha Historic District provides a fascinating glimpse of Dubai's historic role as a trading link between East and West. On…

5. Dubai Creek House

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Step back in time to retrace history at the Dubai Creek House, part of the Al Shindagha Museum restoration project. The Birth of a Nation exhibit takes…

6. Heritage House

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Closed for renovation until the end of 2019, this 1890 courtyard house once belonged to Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmouk, a wealthy pearl merchant and founder of…

7. Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili

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In 1923 this beautifully restored home tucked into the narrow lanes on the edge of the Spice Souq became the home of Saudi-born Mubarak Bin Al Oqaili …

8. Bur Dubai Souq

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Dubai's oldest souq (market) flanks a central arcade canopied by an ornately carved wooden roof. Friday evenings here are especially lively, as it turns…