Heritage House

Heritage House

The Heritage House which was originally the home of a wealthy Iranian merchant was built in 1890. In 1910, it became the home of Sheikh Ahmed bin Dalmouk, a famous pearl merchant of Dubai. The Heritage House which is located on the Deira side of Dubai Creek contains two floors that overlook an authentic Arabian courtyard. All the rooms are traditionally furnished, and you will see placards that explain the original purpose of the items in each room. This is one of a worth visit Dubai attractions.

The Heritage House is a traditional family home that has 10 rooms and a large courtyard. It is one of the best renovated old traditional buildings in Dubai. The first room of the house is the meeting or the majlis room where guests are traditionally welcomed. There is a majlis for women which is located in a separate area off the courtyard. Next, you can see a room called Al-Machzan where the whole family used to met and talk during meals. The Al-Hijla was the bride’s room and where married couples could enjoy some privacy.

The courtyard is a place that is commonly found in all the Gulf homes and it is through the courtyard that light and air passes to the rooms surrounding it. The staff seat you in the inner courtyard and serve you a traditional meal and tea so that you may have an idea of the lifestyle of the royal family over a hundred years ago.

In 1994 the Dubai Government undertook massive renovation and has converted the house into a museum which throws light on the everyday life of a typical emirate family about a 100 years ago.