It is easy to forget that the UAE as a country is actually younger than Cameron Diaz. If the skyscrapers, monorails and glossy sheen of New Dubai are too much for you to handle then step back and appreciate simpler times at the Dubai Museum. The centerpiece of the museum, which is also one of Dubai’s cheapest attractions, is the two hundred year-old Al Fahidi Fort. This positively ancient building was once the home of Dubai’s ruling family and the centre of the emirate’s government. Nosey around the fort and then head underground to check out hundreds of quality artifacts and, more impressively, old photographs of Dubai as it used to be. Displays are backed up with impressive multimedia demonstrations and well-researched presentations. Dhs3. Open Saturday-Thursday 8.30am-8.30pm; Friday 2.30pm-8.30pm. 62A Street, Bur Dubai (04 353 1862).
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