Located south of Dubai Creek, The Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787  has survived through the years and is considered the oldest standing structure in Dubai. This fort was renovated and transformed into Dubai Museum, which is now a popular tourist attraction in Dubai. The Ruler of Dubai opened the museum in 1971 so that the traditional way of life in Dubai could be captured and preserved.

The museum's historic setting makes this a perfect place for a journey back in time when Dubai was merely a desert settlement. Dubai's simple and traditional life before the discovery of oil which brought its extravagant advance towards modernism can be witnessed here. In the museum, different wings are dedicated to various aspects of Dubai’s Bedouin era, with galleries that contain exhibits and life-size dioramas that illustrate daily life before the invention of technology and modernism in the emirate.

Several exhibits illuminate the trade route of Dubai by displaying local antiques and artifacts from countries that traded with Dubai. These exhibits illustrate how Dubai started out as a modest village settlement before it took the world by storm with its innovative and astonishing new-age attractions and architectural marvels that transformed it into a world-renowned tourist destination. The entrance fee to Dubai Museum is AED 3 for adults and AED 1 for children below the age of 6.


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Fazal Rahman (2 years ago)
The masterpiece, absolute amazing man made creation. The night lightings are so artistic with Arabic texts are sight to watch for hours. I am sure if a revised list of seven wonders happens for modern designs, it will be in the list. Wonderful element to must visit while in Dubai, one will be mesmerized by its view.
Lisa Thomas Samuel (2 years ago)
It's absolutely stunning from the outside. Can't wait to see it when it opens for the public. It has some days of greeat colourful lighting and even laser lights. Super excited about this attraction.
Rodrigo Meneses (2 years ago)
Explore a museum where history is made rather than displayed—where instead of absorbing the past, you help the future to emerge. The worlds that you will encounter are not predictions. They are challenges—brought to life by storytellers, visionary technologists and artists from around the world.
Ashique Mohamed (2 years ago)
A poem set in a picturesque background, right in the Trade Center area of Dubai, is the upcoming “Museum of the Future”. This architectural wonder stands tall as one of the most awaited futuristic landmarks in Dubai. Expected to open in 2021, the primary objective of this museum is to promote technological advancement and innovation. The beautiful exterior of the museum has windows that form an Arabic poem about the future of Dubai. It is said that the 7 floors of the museum will host innovation labs and exhibitions dedicated to healthcare, education, technology, AI, energy etc. The ease of access makes it even better as you can walk to the Museum from the Emirates Tower metro station. Eagerly awaiting the grand opening of this marvellous structure this year.
Mr SOUL (2 years ago)
A very attractive architectural design by the master architects. No doubt about their talent, dedication & hardworking. The outlook increases the excitement to visit inside. Till now not available public access, but hopefully soon it will grant access for visitors.
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Goryokaku Fortress

Goryōkaku (五稜郭) (literally, 'five-point fort') is a star fort in the Japanese city of Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido. The fortress was completed in 1866. It was the main fortress of the short-lived Republic of Ezo.

Goryōkaku was designed in 1855 by Takeda Ayasaburō and Jules Brunet. Their plans was based on the work of the French architect Vauban. The fortress was completed in 1866, two years before the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is shaped like a five-pointed star. This allowed for greater numbers of gun emplacements on its walls than a traditional Japanese fortress, and reduced the number of blind spots where a cannon could not fire.

The fort was built by the Tokugawa shogunate to protect the Tsugaru Strait against a possible invasion by the Meiji government.

Goryōkaku is famous as the site of the last battle of the Boshin War.