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Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort

July 25th 2007 12:16
Most of the Bedouin architecture of Dubai has not survived the oil boom in the previously tiny port city. An exception is the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1800, believed to be Dubai's oldest building, and now housing the Dubai Museum.

In the past the fort was used to defend the town from warlike neighbouring tribes. It has also served, at various times throughout history as the seat of government, the ruler's residence, a store for ammunition, and a jail.

The walls of the fort are built from coral and shell rubble from the sea, and are cemented together with lime. Wooden poles called handel support the upper floor, and the ceiling is made of palm fronds, mud and plaster. A massive, iron-studded door stands at the entrance, and its battle-scarred walls and towers bear witness to the conflicts of the past.

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