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UAE’s largest heritage museum aims to attract 1 million visitors by 2025

The new museum is scattered across more than 20 pavilions.

UAE’s largest heritage museum aims to attract 1 million visitors by 2025
[Source photo: Venkat Reddy/Fast Company Middle East]

Dubai opened its largest newly renovated heritage museum, the Shindagha Museum, which outlines the emirate’s evolution through the years and aims to welcome more than a million visitors to the UAE by 2025. 

Al Shindagha, a region of over 310,000 square meters, has been turned into an outdoor museum that tells the inspiring tale of Dubai, with its 80 historic homes, 22 pavilions that showcase the growth of the UAE, and features collections from more than 100 contributors.

Each pavilion has its own theme and display, including Dubai Creek — Birth of a City, People and Faith, Perfume House and Al Maktoum Residence.

The museum displays the city’s accomplishments and its numerous cultural facets – from the 19th century to the 1970s and narrates the tale of the emirate’s development into the contemporary metropolis it is today.

The Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed section, housed in the Al Maktoum Residence, documents the experience of the late Sheikh’s contribution to the development of Dubai.

“Our museums serve as cultural beacons that embody our heritage. We want the world to know Dubai’s story and its history. Dubai has always been a hub for traders and those pursuing a better life, and it will continue to thrive as a center of global civilizations on both cultural and humanitarian fronts,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurating the museum.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid, chairperson of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and member of the Dubai Council, said the Al Shindagha Museum plays a vital role in preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage, which is the foundation of any civilization. “The museum embodies the ambitious spirit of Dubai and documents its success stories.” 

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