Discover Abu Dhabi
I don’t usually drive to Abu Dhabi from Dubai, unless i have a very strong reason. This time was the. Embassy of Brazil that made me visit the capital of United Arab Emirates. Holding a moldovian passport, i need to get the visa to enter Brazil, because me and my best friend C are going to the Carnival . I know, I know, promise to keep you updated.
I had a couple of spare hours to wonder in the city while they cook my visa, and it didn’t take me much effort to browse on the internet and find out 10 free places to visit in Abu Dhabi. Along with the Grand Mosque, and Emirates Palace, there is also a very nice museum under the cloudy skies called “the heritage village”. Located along the corniche road, the museum appears to be a wonderful surprise for the visitors.
First of all know that the parking also is for free. You will see a line of buses waiting for the tourists to return from their journey, but don’t get intimidated. It’s all made with the purpose of having an easy access, so those who want to enrich their knowledge about the history of Bedouin lifestyle, can do so.
I don’t think you need more than 1,5 hours to see what the village has to offer unless you lose yourself in the little traditional souk where they sell different kinds of souvenirs, traditional clothing, silver jewellery and so on. On the other side you will be able to see, but not touch the products they produce here, like decorative boats of different kinds and sizes, or beautiful vases made from glass, or carpets with traditional motives. It’s really nice.
Take a look inside the museum and be transported to the ancient time where Abu Dhabi used to be just a small village for trading. You will be able to see all kinds of tools they used for the pearl business: scales, brushes, clips etc. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures that gives a precise vision of how Abu Dhabi used to be back in the days. A bedouin tribe with their own traditions an culture. It is quite a special moment to see the several Holy Qurans written by hand, also some traditional jewelleries made by local ladies and the gradual evolution of the weapons local men used before to survive.
It is indeed a little village that protects a small historical piece of Abu Dhabi. I even saw a big, lazy cow just laying down inside the stable. On the green grass, the ducks had their own source of water coming from a tube where they were able to splash themselves and pretend they are digging for gold in the mud. I hope they are not the dinner for tonight in the restaurant that you can find inside the village.
I was very courious about the falaj irrigation system that was used back in time and it’s still applicable nowadays to irrigate the palm groves. The word falaj derives from an old Semitic word meaning “distribution”. This is a very telling description, as the water is distributed from where it occurs naturally, either alone or above the ground, to where it is needed in the villages or the fields (source: www.middle-east-online.com).
Apprently it’s better if you go there in the evening, because they have more exhibits and activities for the kids and adults, like falconry demonstration, campfires with tea sessions and great view of the Arabian Gulf waters. If you haven’t discovered Abu Dhabi yet then this is a great start up point for you and your visitors.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi working hours:
Saturday-Thursday 8am-1pm and 5pm-9pm.