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Eight places to explore UAE's heritage

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a rich heritage derived from the nomadic tribes that flourished here around the seventeenth century. The locals used to lead simple lives raising animals, growing crops, fishing, and doing trade with other countries. But if you visit UAE now, it is virtually unrecognizable from the desert it once was.

In fact, it ranks 20 on the World Happiness Report 2015, and millions of expats call it home. Along with the progress they have made, the local Emiratis have done much to preserve the country's heritage and culture.

Eight places you can visit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the whole family to learn more about it's heritage and traditions.


Here is a list of places the whole family can visit in the UAE to learn more about its history and heritage:


Heritage Village, Abu Dhabi

This place has been recreated like an oasis where you can see how life was in olden times. Here, you can see traditional skills and crafts in practice, and talk to the artisans.

Qasr Al Hosn Festival, Abu Dhabi

This is an annual event which takes place in February. It is hosted at Qasr Al Hosn, one of the oldest structures in the UAE. During the festival, the country's traditions are brought to life in the form of art, music, and food.

Global Village

The Global Village is the centre of entertainment during the Dubai Shopping Festival that takes place in March. One of their attractions is the Heritage Village, where you can get a glimpse of what life in the desert was like.

Dubai Museum and Fahidi Fort

The Dubai Museum is a good place to look at artifacts, and peek into UAE's history. You  can take a guided tour of the place, and also visit the many places of historical significance, such as the Diving Village, and Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Heritage Theme Park, Al Ain

This cultural park is made in a way allowing you to walk through life in an oasis, along with a chance to see live shows and performances at the theatre.

Hatta Heritage Village

Located away from the main city, this historical site consists of 30 different buildings. This is another place where you can learn more about the history of the country, and the lives led by their ancestors.

Sharjah Heritage Museum

Although not an interactive experience, visit this museum to see some interesting artifacts, and look at exhibits about UAE's history and traditions.

Sharjah Maritime Museum

The natural creek in the UAE was an important connection to the outside world. So, the maritime history of the country is an important piece of its heritage. Learn about pearl diving, and trading history via dhow boats.

There are many more places of historical and cultural significance scattered across the seven emirates (or states) in the UAE. You can also keep an eye out for the many workshops and fests that happen around the year, especially during Ramadan and Eid.



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