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Al Fahidhi Fort in Burdubai, Dubai, UAE. a historical fort!

Al Fahidhi Road, Burdubai, Dubai, UAE. Photo:Oyesan Magkasi

Al Fahidhi Road in Burdubai was named after Al Fahidhi Fort. It was built in several phases. The oldest tower was built around 1787 and believed to be the oldest building in Dubai that still exists today. The fort was used to guard the landward approaches to the town from the raids of neighbouring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the ruler’s palace, a garrison, and a prison.

Al Fahidhi Road, Burdubai, Dubai, UAE. Photo:Oyesan Magkasi

In 1969 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued a letter to Sheikh Badr Mohammad Al Sabah, head of the office of state in Kuwait, asking for a museum expert to be sent to Dubai to help establish the museum. Work on renovating the fort commenced in 1970, and opened as the Dubai Museum on 12 May 1971 by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, then ruler of Dubai. Additional galleries were built and opened in 1995.

Al Fahidhi Road, Burdubai, Dubai, UAE. Photo:Oyesan Magkasi

Now Al Fahidhi Road is a commercial hub parallel to Dubai Creek. You can find gold shops, hotels, thrift stores, shawarma stands, foreign exchange shops and electronic retail outlets.  It has become one of the shopping favorites by tourists, locals, and expatriates. During night time, the area is so vibrant and you can feel that the city is alive.

Many multi nationality expat workers are staying in the area, but the area is predominantly occupied by Indians, Pakistanis, Nepalis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Filipinos and Arabs from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Yemen, Egypt, and Morocco.

Just a minute walk, you can find the abra station, ferrying people from Burdubai side to Deira via Dubai Creek and it will only cost you 1 dirham per ride. Along with it are the beautiful dhows sailing through the creek offering cruise with live music, food and entertainment plus the bonus of watching the stunning skyline of mesmerizing Dubai at night.

Al Fahidhi Road runs from  Al Mussallah intersection or (Al Fahidhi Roundabout)  to Al Ghubaibah Bus Station. (Oyesan Magkasi)

 

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