Believed to be Dubai's oldest building the Al-Fahidi Fort is well worth a visit. Hop off at stop 3 to visit the fort, which is also home to the Dubai museum. Built in 1787 your Big Bus Dubai tour ticket includes a free pass into the museum.
The Fort itself has walls built from coral and shell rubble from the sea cemented together with lime that made it an incredibly tough prospect to overrun when in Dubai's past warlike neighbouring tribes sought to do just that.
The fort that once defended Dubai has been many things over the years including a ruler’s residence and a government centre. At one time it served as a jail for wrongdoers!
Once inside Dubai museum, you enter into a fully air-conditioned underground exhibition centre where you will learn some of the Fort's history. Browse through a collection of old maps of the Gulf and the Emirates, together with aerial photographs showing Dubai's considerable urban expansion between 1960 and 1980. There is also a multi-media presentation that records Dubai’s development from the early pearl divers right through to the discovery of oil in the late 1960s.
The museum also houses an eclectic collection of artefacts that depict the social and economic life of Dubai's residents long before oil was discovered and includes objects such as pottery, stone and metallic items, engravings and skeletons discovered during digs in the Emirate of Dubai.
There is an impressive display of weaponry on show including hanjars (curved daggers) as well as swords, bows, arrows, spears, shields of shagreen, axes and pistols.
Traditional Arab musical instruments are also exhibited, so be sure to see the displays of drums, flutes, lyres, goatskin bagpipes and other locally made instruments used on festive occasions.
In the architecture section you will also find a model of a wind tower room , along with diagrams and photographs showing different types of wind towers from the older areas of Dubai city.