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.