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Sheikh Saeed House in Dubai

Dating back to 1896, the house was once the seat of local government, and the centre of political and social movements and organisations of the time.

It was also the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958.

This two-storey building is characterised by vaulted, high beamed ceilings, arched doorways, sculpted windows and exquisite trellis screens, which were fashionable in the late 1800s.

Four elegant wind towers (Barjeel), which were the traditional means of cooling the interior during the summer months, dominate the facade of the house.

Today, the house has on display a rare collection of historic photographs, coins, stamps and documents that record Dubai”s history.

It is open to the public from Saturday to Thursday between 8:00 and 20:30 daily, and on Fridays it is open between 15:00 and 21:30.

Timings during the holy month of Ramadan are 9:00 to 17:00 between Sunday and Thursday, and 14:00 to 17:00 on Friday.

The museum is closed on Saturday.

Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.

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