While dinning on the Dubai dhow cruise, you will perceive an illuminated structure overlooking the mouth of the Creek at Shindagha. This beautiful structure is none other than the house of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum and is a perfect example of Islamic architecture. This was the official residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai (1912-1958).
This historic two storey building is vaulted with high beam ceilings, arched doorways, sculpted windows and exquisite trellis screens that were fashionable in the late 1800’s. The upper floor, with its many bedrooms and balconies overlooking the Creek, provide a spectacular view of the city’s skyline. The facade of the house is dominated by what is, perhaps, the world’s earliest form of air conditioning – four elegant wind towers (Barjeel) that were the traditional means of cooling the interiors during the sultry months of summer.
This national monument houses a rare collection of some of the earliest coinage, stamps, postal stationery, letters, treaties, agreements, decrees, maps and manuscripts that have literally shaped the history of modern Dubai. Visitors can also get a glimpse of the harsh realities of nomadic life in the desert, through a photo-essay that pictures proud Bedouin engaged in their daily chores.
Pick a boat tour company in Dubai that will allow you to get a glimpse of all the Arabian history, culture and architecture as you cruise along the Dubai creek, for a remarkable dhow dinner cruise.
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