Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi is an open museum that showcases traditional ways of Bedouin living.  I always enjoy thinking and learning about what it was like to live in this part of the world before modern conveniences made it so comfortable and easy.  It’s especially fascinating since this traditional way of living was a part of daily life here only 40 years ago.

Heritage Village is very touristy and could use more informational plaques or displays. However, we really enjoyed the view of the Abu Dhabi skyline from the beach and the little workshops that display traditional crafts.  Kids enjoy exploring the grounds and they can ride a horse or camel for 10 dhs.  (Click here to visit the website.)

Here are a few pics from our visit to Heritage Village and a few from other areas in Abu Dhabi.

dhow abu dhabi skyline heritage village

Dhow and Abu Dhabi skyline

dhow Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

Interior of dhow on shore of Heritage Village

Abu Dhabi skyline from Heritage Village

Abu Dhabi skyline

Heritage village Abu Dhabi glass

glass making shop

Heritage village abu dhabi carpet

in the carpet making shop

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi Mosque

men leaving the mosque

He's thinking, "Sigh.  Another tourist, another photo."

He’s thinking, “Sigh. Another tourist, another photo.”

I felt a bit intrusive when I took this man’s picture.  He seemed sincerely annoyed by having to take yappy children and camera-crazy adults for a ride on his camel.  His body language shouted that he wanted to be anywhere but Heritage Village.  When it was time for someone to ride the camel, he was all business. He led the camel with a purposeful gait, walked one loop around, and then made the person get off, completely oblivious to the rider’s inevitable excitement.  In contrast, the man with the horse taught the children a bit about controlling the horse, suggested certain places to take a nice picture and leisurely walked all around the enclosed space.  I don’t like to take pictures of people when they seem miserable, but I couldn’t resist snapping a couple quickly.  I wonder what he’s thinking?

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi camel trainer bw

Coastline Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

Coastline near entrance of Heritage Village

sunset and skyscapers from Yas Island Abu Dhabi

sunset and skyscrapers from Yas Island


About Lynda

Longhorns and Camels is a blog about exploring Dubai from the perspective of an expat from Texas. It features stories about living in Dubai including descriptions of local culture and popular activities in the region. It also includes photography of the UAE and other countries abroad. It has been recommended by several well-known guides for expatriates: InterNations, ExpatWoman and Expat Focus.
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12 Responses to Heritage Village Abu Dhabi

  1. Sally says:

    Somewhere to visit in the future…

  2. When I encounter men like that, it is a little intimidating and something in me wants to make them smile…be happy… Adding this to places to visit!

  3. Diana says:

    I would have been scared to take a pic of the old man….

  4. Mitzie Mee says:

    Looks cool with the skyline in the background of the dhow. Regarding the old man, I feel sad for him. Imagine being stuck with a camel and a bunch of tourists all day, -I think I would have acted just like him if I were in his situation:)

  5. HansHB says:

    A beautiful serie of photos!
    Interesting to study the details!

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