Step into a palace of extreme historical and political significance and be transported back in time as regal grandeur and power surrounds you….It’s the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, one of the oldest buildings in Dubai.
If you’re spending your vacation at one of the luxury 5 Star resorts Dubai like the Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa; the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is a must see attraction, as here you will be able to witness the glory and prestige of a royal who has given so much to his beloved kingdom. The palace, located along the Dubai Creek in the locality of Al Shindagha, is the former residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, former ruler of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The grandfather to the current ruler, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and his residential quarters which was a fine example of Arabian architecture was rebuilt and restored as a museum so that the public can also see and enjoy the regal finesse of the castle.
The fine carved teak doors open to reveal a magnificent display of Arabian architecture. The mud-brick palace has wooden lattice screens across the windows and gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs. There are 30 rooms built around the central courtyard with wind-tower details decorated on top. Inside you will find a wide array of precious artifacts from letters, maps, coins and stamps dating back as far as 1791 to an excellent collection of photographs of Dubai taken in the 1940s and ’50s on the Creek, in the souqs and at traditional celebrations.
Walking inside the historic Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House you can feel a sense of power emanating from the walls as back in the day when Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum ruled the house, which was a majlis or meeting place; it was where all major court decisions were made. You can gain an idea of how things worked in the royal palace as there are life-size figures performing what were common tasks inside all of the luxuriously furnished rooms which offer excellent views of the Dubai creek.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+
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