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.
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?