Saeed Al Maktoum House

Saeed Al Maktoum House is the best example of the elegant Arabic architecture from the end of the 19th century. In it, you can find arched ceilings, horseshoe doorways, carved windows, and other elements which characterize this exotic style.

History of the house

In 1896 the house was the residence of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum who governed Dubai between 1912 and 1958 and who was the grandfather of the current Prime Minister of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The house has been completely restored to its original glory. Inside you can see a photo exhibition of how it was at the turn of the 20th century.

Collections and exhibitions

In the different rooms of the house, you can see different types of memoribilia of Dubai's past, such as photographs, seafaring instruments, coins, stamps, and documents.

For us, the best part of the house is photo display which shows you what the way of life was like before the discovery of petroleum.


From Saturday to Thursday from 8 am to 8:30 pm.

Fridays from 3 pm to 9:30 pm.


General admission: 15 AED (US$ 4.10)
Students: 5 AED (US$ 1.40)