Let’s go to the oldest building in Dubai. Al Fahidi Fort was built in 1787 and in 1971 became the main museum in Dubai.
As we approached Dubai Museum, a stop to admire this traditional boat was appreciated.
As proof that this was a fort used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighboring tribes, we spotted a canon and cannonballs.
Before entering the museum we wandered around the courtyard. This well intrigued us.
Isn’t is impressive? Time for us to enter Dubai Museum.
After descending the spiral stairs we find ourselves on a path viewing dioramas of life in Dubai, before oil. Today the museum is very crowded, so Chanel and I must stay in our traveling bags. This man builds and fixes things.
See his tools at the front of the picture? This man is teaching and the students are reading. They all sit on the floor.
A very necessary person in any society, the tailor is busy at his sewing machine.
These are traditional costumes. We love the bright color of her dress. And, of course, the gold around her neck.
Continuing on the path we encounter these men building a boat, or a dhow.
Before oil, pearls were a major economic force. The pearl diver is searching underwater. This was a very difficult and dangerous job. You may notice that the diver is not wearing oxygen tanks.
Nets are always needed and always need repairing.
Here we see how the inside of a Bedouin tent looked.
We saw skeletons from the archaeological site in Al Qusais area that goes back to 3000 B.C. The items in this room are from archaeological finds of Al Qusais.
Although the museum was very crowded, we enjoyed seeing how life in Dubai was before the discovery of oil. Our moms did not want to go into the gift shop, but we did see what was offered from this view.
They said we will have time for shopping another day. Maybe we will visit some of the other souks we heard about. That would be fun also.