Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historical building that was the residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai. The building which is located along the Dubai Creek was established around 1894 as the seat of the Al Maktoum family. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and the original house was built for him. The original house was demolished and the present house built next to the original site. The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is one of the oldest houses in Dubai and it is one of the best examples of traditional architecture.

The 30-room house consists of wind towers, rooms, verandas, and bathrooms built around a large central courtyard. It is a traditional Gulf construction made of coral covered in lime and plaster and the rooms are divided into a number of family units. There are two entrances to the building, one opening to the Creek side and the other to the rear.

The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is now a national monument that has been restored as a museum. It has now been converted to the Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents of the Emirate of Dubai, which includes a Marine Wing that has photos of fishing, pearling, and boat building. Historical letters, maps, treaties, coins, and stamps give us an insight of the development of the emirates through the years.

The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is definitely worth a visit if you are looking for the best Dubai attractions, though of course there are no guided tours. Nevertheless, a visit will give you a fair idea of Dubai’s ancient history and tradition.