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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.