For many years, the Dubai Museum was the emirate's only real effort to prove that Dubai has a culture beyond sand, sea, and shopping. Seated in the late-18th-century Al Fahidi Fort that over time served as the ruler's palace, a prison, and a garrison, this became a museum in 1970 and has been expanded over the years. Life-size dioramas represent Dubai life in its pre-oil days with re-creations of a souk, early Arabian homes, mosques, and date gardens. There are exhibits of desert and marine life, including a realistic depiction of underwater pearl diving. The main fort is a military museum, and there's a large replica dhow outside the museum.
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- Highly Recommended 2010