Dubai Museum

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Really pumped up that Dubai Museum is included in the itinerary my mom made for my(or our?) twelve-day Dubai trip. Visiting a museum is v important not just on trips abroad or any other foreign land (e.g., out of town). Art galleries has spiraled over the city and while its good that people actually flocks them, it still pays to visit le ol’ good museum where history is housed; to see a glimpse and have an idea of how a thing or a place or a person became what or who they are today, yeah, something like that. I’m blabbering ain’t I? Words are not really my weapon of choice this time of the year. Mercury retrograde, anyone?

Anyway, under the cut, more of Dubai Museum.

How cool is it that an entrance to a museum will only cost you 3 Dhs? That's roughly Php 36.00 when converted in our currency. Not as cool as free but still cool enough because it's cheap.

How cool is it that an entrance to a museum will only cost you 3 Dhs? That’s roughly Php 36.00 when converted in our currency. Not as cool as free but still cool enough because it’s cheap.

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Dubai lies on a natural creek Khor Dubai which runs inland for about 10 km and was the nucleus for the city to develop. Historical sources record that the creek extended inland as far as the Al Ain area. The ancient Greeks used to call it the River Zara. The creek epitomises Dubai’s unique beauty.

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The life sized statues can be quite scary, I remember being a scaredypants before this photo was taken. But I guess that only shows how believable and effective these statues were. Funny story: while I was walking there’s this part that’s really dark and there was something that’s seating on a chair……..I was staring blankly at that space for Allah knows how long, then suddenly the figure moved(!) the person who’s seating and I ended up laughing. Fun times. Manong Guard, you got me there.

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Allah The Almighty says: The Religion before Allah Is Islam”.  (The Quran)

Islam is the Religion Allah revealed to the last Prophet Mohammed in order to lead mankind from darkness into light and away from the worship of idols to the worship of one God.

Islam is based on five pillars: A Muslim certifies that – There is no God but Allah and that Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah. He prays five times a day (Salat), gives wealth to the poor (Zakat), fasts during the month of Ramadan and performs the pilgrimage to the House of Allah (Al Hajj) in Makkah.

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The architecture of old Dubai was influenced by the environment, the teachings of Islam, and by social structure. There are four categories of architecture – residential (houses, tents and huts); religious (mosques); defense (forts and towers); commercial (markets).

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Oases are located in depressions between sand dunes or near valleys in the mountainous areas. An oasis was characterized by the availability of water which paved the way for agriculture, animal life and human settlement.

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Sunset marks the end of all activities in the desert. On moonlight nights the Bedouin gather inside their tents or outside on the sand dunes and social life begins.  Around the camp-fire while eating dates, and drinking coffee and camels milk, poems and tales from a rich folklore are told well into the night. The light of the fire guides travelers lost in the desert and, according to tradition, every one of them will be made welcome.

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Since 1964, when Islamic monuments from the Umayyad period were discovered in the Jumeira area, archaeological excavations in Hatta, Al Qusais and Jumeira have continued to give glimpses of a civilization dating back over 5,000 years. From 3,000 BC, the highly populated Dubai area was a centre of construction, agriculture, craftsmanship and art.

The archaeological excavation of a whole Islamic city in Jumeira from the Umayyad period have revealed that Dubai was a vital link in the old trade routes between Oman and Iraq during early days of Islam in the 5th and 6th centuries AD.

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The Shashah, made from palm tree fronds was the earliest type of boat used in this area.

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One of the burial graves discovered on Al Qusais archaeological site dating back to the 1st millennium B.C. It contains a human skeleton lying on its right side in a crouched position. Notice the small vessel held in the right hand.

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Dubai’s economy prospered after 1894 when Sheikh Maktoum BIl Hasher Al Maktoum gave tax exemption to foreign traders. The city’s exports were pearls, shells and dried fish. Imports included dates from Basra; rice, sugar, pepper, and cereals from India; wood and cane from East Africa.

Subsequent rulers followed an open policy, particularly the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, who pioneered Dubai’s modern development as a renowned world trade centre.

Pretty cool how in 50 years Dubai went from zero to its own hero. 😛

No copy-pasting, typed it all up from the description on the posters that were in the museum. #dedication

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