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 in 1958.
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 units.
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.