One of the newest on the scene, the Women’s Museum (also known as Bait Al Banat) opened at the end of 2012. The brainchild of Emirati Professor Rafia Ghubash, it sits snugly down a narrow side street near Deira gold souk, with exhibits set across three floors. Infinitely more modern that its surroundings, the space pays tribute to Emirati women who were pioneers in their fields, with an exhibit dedicated to renowned poet Ousha Bint Khalifa (known as The Girl of the Arabs), and a gallery with renowned local artists. Gift shop, Group bookings, Description of exhibits in English, Good for kids, Interactive experiencesStand-out feature:
Ousha Bint Khalifa’s hand-written love poems, displayed by her rifle and the chance to try on a burqa’a.Dhs20. Sat-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri closed. Gold Souk, Deira, www.womensmuseumuae.com (04 234 2342).Other sites of historical interestJumeirah Archaeological Site
Though most of the artefacts unearthed at the site are on display in the city’s museums, the site is one of the most important in the UAE, unfortunately, there isn’t much to see though, unless you’ve Indiana Jones-esque archaeological fascination, but you might be interested to know the settlement is thought to date back as far as the sixth-century AD. Jumeirah (04 349 6874).
Hatta Heritage Village
Near the Hajar Mountains, the 16th century village features 30 or so buildings, including a mosque and houses made with mud, palm-tree trunks, reeds and stones and is one of the oldest settlements still standing in the UAE today.Off Fort Roundabout, Hatta (04 852 1284).
Dubai – The good old days!
This Facebook group is a great place to learn more about the city through the years, with posts from members featuring stories and photographs from days gone by. Though it’s a closed group, anyone can approve new members, just don’t use it as an outlet for posting advertising – you’ll be banned. Search for the group by name online, www.facebook.com