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The last few weeks I have been feeling very homesick for Sharjah and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I may have lived there for only two years but there are so many things and people that I miss. Coming back to Florida is like moving to a new place altogether because no one stays put forever. Many friends have moved on and plenty of things have changed in this area.
So while I am working on many bog updates and improvements I am thinking about Dubai and all the things I wish I could just hop in my car and go do (Actually, I would have had to drop my husband off at work to take our one car anywhere). But all I have is photos now to remind of things I’ve done and socila media to make make me jealous of the things I missed out on.
That is where this post comes in. There are still a few places that I have photos for but haven’t added to the blog yet. For a while I didn”t even know what to do with the pictures because some of them were too dark and I didn’t have photoshop or anything to work with and improve them for others to see. [I’ve since started using PicMonkey and am getting better at photo editing so . . . hurray! Better pictures for you all to see.]
In the summer of 2017 some good friends of ours visited us in Sharjah. For their five day visit I plotted out a packed schedule of as much of the awesome stuff to do in Dubai and Sharjah that I could. It took me a lot of hours to figure it all out because of hours of operation and whatnot.
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I believe the month that we were out at the Al Fahidi Fort and Dubai Museum was June or July, pretty much some of the hottest days possible to go out to Bur Dubai and walk around outside. Parking is mostly outdoors in this area, there are a few parking lots to choose from which are metered or have a payment booth.
We chose meter parking because we wouln’t be very long (we split a cheap van rental for our friends visit) and walked over to the Museum and fort. The entrance fee is three dhs per adult and only one for children over the age of five, it comes to less than one US dollar per person which is really awesome.
The fort is first with some of the original building still intact, there were some cannons, balls, and boats in the courtyard. To the right is a display area for old knives and weaponry that was used when the Fort was still in use. In this same long and thin room is a corner covered in artwork for sale. The artist is from Dubai. The price was very reasonable considering it is all hand made, I had to buy two pieces to bring home and they now are on my wall to remind me if this trip.
I would only do a small single stroller here because space is tight.
Before crossing the courtyard and going underground there is a small structure that is meant to be an example of the type of homes people in Dubai used to live in. It is made of wood and allows for some ventilation.They had an example of their kitchen and living quarters arranged as well. It is interesting to think that this is what homes looked like a short one hundred years ago or less.
Down stairs is the museum section. You wind your way through room after room with wax figured arranged and decorated with scenes of old everyday life in Dubai. Examples: spice sales, iron working, meat sales, traditional dress, tea, and other things. These areas were incredibly hard to photograph and I missed out on capturing them. It was very dim and there were lots of people walking around. It is disrespectful and even illegal to take photos of someone without their permission so I simply tucked my phone away while in there.
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There was one room that had actual ancient human remains, it was crazy to see that. Just human bones out and within very near reach for people to touch if they felt the urge to ignore the signs that said not to. (Reminds me of the real dinosaur bones on display at the Dubai Mall)
There was also a room to show the fishing industry, it was a dim blue area with a boat and fish overhead as if we were under water. After this a giftshop and display room with some of the oldest artifacts from Dubai. A few women sit and demonstrate how traditional tea was made while wearing traditional dress. The gift shop has some really great prices, perhaps it is to compete with the surrounding shops for people to buy souvenirs.
From the gift shop you walk up a spiral path to the exit. This Museum and Fort is well worth the entrance fee, and definitely an activity that should make your list if you want a budget activity for Dubai. I would pair this location with the Deira Souks, on google maps you can see the textile souk is just a few blocks away. Visit in the winter months or pursue with caution in the summer and have lots of fluids handy.
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