If you visit Dubai, and by any chance will ask for the help of a local guide to show you what is the most worth seeing tourist attraction in Dubai among the many historical heritages, the guide will definitely advise you to visit the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House. This building is a house of great importance for the people of Dubai, what could be a more tempting reason to see it?
The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is really a historical building, one of the oldest houses built in Dubai. It is situated in the Old Town district or the so-called “Medina” of the modern Dubai. It is just by the sea, so you really cannot miss visiting it. Not only is it historically important, but it also giving a marvellous view as you look out of the windows or if you go around the house. It was home of the most important family in the history of the United Arab Emirates, the Al Maktoum family who once ruled the whole Emirate. The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House served for a long time as a family seat from 1894, the time when Sheikh Maktoum Bin Hasher started his reign and when the house was built, until 1958 when the last man of the Al Maktoum family, Sheikh Saed Al Maktoum passed away.
The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a very traditional Arabic house, build using Coral stone with plaster and lime covering, being the mostly used building material all around the Emirates and in the Middle Eastern countries, giving the building a beautiful pinkish-red look.
The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is housing countless rooms, storeys, verandas and a natural beautiful huge garden as well. The house is built in such a way that many families can live or stay in it, without bothering each other.
Today the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House serves as a museum, open to the public where people can see several family photos, get closer to their lives, and get the chance to learn a lot about the history of Dubai in the period when the family still lived in the house. The museum has been opened after a complete inner and outer restoration of the building, ensuring really a rich and beautiful inside, featuring mosaics, doors, window-frames and furniture made of beautiful carved teak.
According to the locals, the best time to visit the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is in the evening, as this is the time when the house “dresses-up” in beautiful lights, so we can see it picturesque, giving one of the most beautiful photo sites for tourists as well.
Once in Dubai, do not forget to visit the famous and historical Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House. Visiting this house will bring you closer to Dubai. The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is open from Saturday to Sunday from 8.30am to 9 am, and in the afternoon from 15:00 to 22:00.