Visit the Heritage House, situated on the Deira area of the Dubai Creek, for a unique journey back into the early twentieth century before the oil boom hit the country. But if you’re here to soak in the sumptuous luxury that followed the boom, consider a stay at a quality Dubai luxury hotel such as the Grand Millennium Dubai. Featuring luxury interiors and warm Arabian hospitality, this elegant property is one of the finest 5 star hotels Dubai features on its gleaming cityscape. The Heritage House is a splendid example of early twentieth century Emirati architecture, and it was owned by Sheikh Ahmad, who was one of the most famous pearl merchants in the country. Typical of the other traditional homes in the region, it boasts a large courtyard. It was owned by a variety of people over the past 100 years, and the year 1935 saw decorative motifs and other elements added to the house. Boasting regional styles, the door ways feature beautiful carved and immensely heavy wooden doors. Each area of the house has been animated with recreations of the sort of life that these hallowed halls observed during the height of the house’s occupation. You will see bridal rooms, a well-furnished foyer (the Majlis), an archaic kitchen with authentic kitchenware. Visit the gift shop on your way out where you can pick up some kitschy ceramic art. In the expansive outdoor courtyard, look forward to being served some traditional Arabic coffee and a snack of black-eyed peas, and a sweet tea to round out your repast, all a complimentary part of the whole experience.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.