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Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

This imposing building distinguished by its four elegant wind-towers, stands along the famous Creek of Bur Dubai. It was built in 1896 and was the residence of the Ruler. It takes its name from Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum, who resided there until his death in 1958.

Originally strategically situated at the mouth of Dubai's lifeline, the Creek, this carefully restored museum now lies close to the Bur Dubai side of the Shindagha Tunnel and next to the Heritage and Diving Village.

Shaikh Saeed House is built in the traditional manner of the Gulf Coast, from coral covered in lime and plaster. The house has a large courtyard in the style of residences of the olden days. It is partly single, and partly two-storied, comprising a large number of rooms, verandas and bath rooms, divided into independent family units.

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House Dubai United Arab Emirates

There are two entrances to the building. The main entrance is from the Creek side, through a security yard, from where is the entrance to the main majlis and guest rooms. The yard leads also to the main courtyard, around which are distributed five separate family units, each of which consists of a veranda, majlis and rooms. The second entrance is on the rear side of the building, and was probably reserved for family members.

Dubai Municipality appointed a specialized Consultant to carry out a thorough survey of the building and its deterioration, and then plan its restoration. The work was commenced in 1984, and completed two years later using traditional building materials and techniques, and where necessary, strengthening the structure with modern materials.

Infinite care was taken in the restoration of the architectural elements of the building. The restoration is remarkable for its carved teak wood doors and windows, architraves and wooden lattice screens, and the balustrades of railings. The pierced gypsum ventilating screens have floral and geometric designs, and are set into the thick walls.

The House is now converted into a Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents of the Emirate of Dubai and illuminated at night with flood-lights; it stands as a reminder of Dubai's rich architectural heritage and culture.


Sharjah Shopping Malls

Al Fardan Center
Open Since 1998 Al Fardan center has given Sharjah a new ay to enjoy shopping. The mall consists of a spacious three level shopping center, basement parking and two floors of offices. Eventually two towers and a revolving restaurant will be built on top to accommodate residents. The 3 floors have mixed retail shops and boutiques offering a variety of products and well known brands.

Al Taawun Mall

Al Taawun Mall
Al Taawun Mall, a state of the art spherical shopping center is located midway between Sharjah and Dubai and overlooks the attractive Al Khan Lagoon. This center was the first and biggest in Sharjah in terms of area, number of shops and recreation activities. Sharjah Co-op hypermarket will soon open. It houses many retail shops and boutiques, entertainment areas, a food court and more. The third floor houses the kingdom of Foton World spread over 52,000 square feet, offering an extraordinary fantasy destination for all the family combining fun, entertainment and education along with the opportunity to savor cuisine from around the world.

Sharjah City Center

Sharjah City Center
Sharjah City Center opened to the public on Sept 23, 2001 Sharjah City Center is described as a new era in the field of shopping and entertainment for Sharjah residents, a new addition, the latest by the Majid Al Futtaim Group of Companies, provides Sharjah residents an integrated array of shopping options which represents the true value of money together with entertainment and recreation all under one roof.

The new center is located off Al Wahda Street and houses 91 stores on a total area of 28,000 sqm in addition to a parking lot that can accommodate 1,300 cars. The center is designed and constructed to meet the traditional requirements of Sharjah markets and at the same time attract high quality international products.

Besides Carrefour, the center plays host to a number of international names which have come to Sharjah for the first time. It is also the main destination for families and children with the presence of Magic Planet Kids, a unique entertainment complex designed for children up to nine years.

The center also houses a number of garment, perfumes, cosmetics and jewelry stores carrying local and international brands, in addition to the food court which can seat 500 people.

Mega Mall

The Sharjah Mega Mall opened in December 2001. The mall is located in the heart of Sharjah on Immigration Road.
Antic's Land, a huge DH 35 million family entertainment center, is located within the Sharjah Mega Mall, introducing a new concept of education and entertainment for people of all ages, especially children. At 85,000 sq ft, this distinctively themed family entertainment center places the visitors in ancient times and allows them to travel through time with Antic - a fictional character who will be the focus of attraction at the center, as his ventures lead him to a futuristic Sharjah.

"Unique rides, games, edutainment activities, shops and much more entice visitors, young in age and young at heart, with this surreal experience," said Dave Rowbotham, General Manager of the Family Entertainment Center.


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