Sunday, 8 August 2010

Dubai Museum

More old cards... This is actually one of my oldest postcrossing swap cards - it's from December 2007! I like it how it's also a slightly different postcard of Dubai in that it doesn't show one of the most famous landmarks (Burj Al Arab?).

Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai. The museum houses many exhibits from Dubai's history. There are several static displays showing Dubai life from ages past, including souk, fishing, domestic and desert travel scenes.

Galleries show scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date farms as well as desert and marine life. These galleries reflect the nature of the UAE, from the beach to the city and the oasis areas to the nomadic Bedouin culture.

Artifacts from several excavated sites in Dubai date back to the third millennium B.C. The two main excavated sites in Dubai were discovered in Jumeirah and Al Qusais.

The stamps are from a set of 7 definitives from 2007, called the 5th Definitive Series. The design shows the word "Emirates" in Arabic, shaped as a falcon.

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