The Dubai Heritage Village
The Dubai Heritage Village
3.5
About
Located in the Shindagha near the creek’s mouth, the Dubai Heritage Village (Hatta Village) provides a glimpse into Dubai’s traditional culture and lifestyle, including Emirate’s maritime history, pearl diving traditions and architecture. Displays include a tented Bedouin village, ancient armory, wooden chests and cooking utensils.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
Top ways to experience The Dubai Heritage Village
The area
Neighbourhood: Al Fahidi
How to get there
  • Al Ras • 4 min walk
  • Al Ghubaiba • 7 min walk
Reach out directly
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

3.5
426 reviews
Excellent
113
Very good
142
Average
87
Poor
53
Terrible
31

Nomad19470970825
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Business
Take an immersive walk and explore some of the hidden cultural gems as you meander through the winding alleys with mud and gypsum walls with corals and sea shells that keep the Al Fahidi historical neighbourhood cool even during the summer months. Some of the interesting ones to take you down the nostalgia lane are the Dubai museum, coin museum, dagger museum, coffee museum and the traditional Emirati house. In the earlier days, the Sheikhs families crushed the mother of pearls as the sunlight would reflect on them, making it easy for fishermen to find their way back to the harbour. You can also book a Cultural lunch or dinner with the local people here, while you interact with them and know about their Bedouin roots. End your walk with the Bur Dubai Spice market and a stroll through the Old Souk where you can unearth some real treasures and souvenirs at throwaway prices to take back home.
Written 23 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karl P
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam77 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is one of the most innovative museum displays I ve seen, very cleverly arranged. It is vast covering 23 buildings, has a small coffee shop somewhere around buiding 8. Aircon is very cool throughout, good wheel chair access. A bit convoluted to navigate but there are secuty guides/ guards who are there to show you the way, ask if they dont approach you first. The content is beautifully presented and shows the culture and history of Dubai. The glass fronted ticket office provided cool respite from the heat and is around 80m from the lifts down to the metro station. The water front and souk are nearby.
Written 28 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,823 contributions
Jan 2023
Created in 1997 after most of traditional Dubai had already been demolished to make way for skyscrapers and modern apartment blocks. The heritage village is not like Disney land, but sometimes feels a bit like it. The purpose of the place is to acquaint foreign visitors with old traditions of Dubai (what kind of food people ate, the boats they built, pottery they made, in what kind of houses or shelters they lived, their cultural expression etc.).

Worth a visit if you are interested in what Dubai was like before the big transition.

Located north of Ghubaiba metro station along the creek.
Written 17 February 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

leila l
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq19 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
The access fee is small and you get to visit two places, the perfumes show room and the creek's history room, overall it's a nice experience and good information.
Written 27 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

BLA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1 contribution
Sep 2019
It is very happy to see all the places in the tripadvisor app.okay thanks for some good apps for getting some knowledge about the places. I am feeling super it is awesome and amazing.
Written 4 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mirela
3 contributions
Apr 2019
although i used to live in Dubai for few years before, i never went to the heritage village until this trip... was pleasantly surprised. felt like going back to the times the locals were living simpler lives, handcrafting beautiful artisanal pieces and sipping coffee...
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jacqueline
23 contributions
Dec 2019
I love this area. It has a totally different vibe to the modern Dubai. Lots of souks nearby and cheap cafes. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Broaders
Dubai, United Arab Emirates37 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The Heritage Village gives a peek into life within the region before modern development. The vilage actually includes part of the original Rulers Palace. There are attractions such as traditional cooking demonstrations and pottery making, dhow building and others. As usual with all such venues, the village is a little commercial and "touristy" but, if you are only visiting Dubai for a few days, it does provide an interesting insight into the Dubai of before.
Written 11 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Gil J
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
Nov 2019
Great place to visit, if you can avoid the busy times. Lots of tour coaches visit here, especially when tour ships are in town, which is quite often. Parking is a nightmare, so the best way to visit is to hire a limo and get your driver to drop you off and then pick you up an hour later. A three hour tour of Old Dubai in a clean air conditioned Lexus cost us 240 Dirhams and was money well spent. Great when the call to prayer is being
played from the adjacent mosque. Very touristy, but olde world and very pretty. Even the camel had an anti spit mask on. Worth a trip.
Written 1 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,404 contributions
Nov 2019
It is a pseudo vintage neighborhood set up in the typical superficial Dubai style. Except for the selfie crazy Chinos, it doe snot work for others.
Written 24 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 243
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

The Dubai Heritage Village - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about The Dubai Heritage Village

According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience The Dubai Heritage Village: