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Saeed Al Maktoum House

Saeed Al Maktoum House

Saeed Al Maktoum House

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historic building and former residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, a former ruler of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The building remained the residency of Sheikh Saeed Al Makhtoum until his death in 1958. The site is also the birthplace of his sons and grandsons. The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is one of the oldest buildings in the city and an essential piece of Dubai’s history.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai from 1912 to 1958, and grandfather of the present ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The residential quarters were established around 1896 as the seat of the Al Maktoum family. The building is now a museum that contains artefacts and images of the old town of Dubai. The house was built using coral treated with lime and plaster, the standard building materials of the time. The coral gives the whole building a pink hue.

The museum’s collections are organised into the following categories.

  • The History of Saeed Al Maktoum House
  • Al Maktoum Family
  • Old Dubai, Marine Life
  • Views from Dubai, Social Life in Dubai
  • Coins and Stamps
  • Historical Documents and Maps.

Highlights of Saeed Al Maktoum House

  • Photographs of the Al Maktoum family
  • Courtyard
  • Wind Towers – Barjeel
  • Colonial-era stamps
  • East India Company and Indian colonial coins
  • Arabic paintings, lithographs and artefacts
  • Old maps of Dubai and the Arabian peninsula
  • Documents detailing assorted administrative and commercial

Saeed Al Maktoum House

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Photo Credit: 1) Gryffindor [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

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