Do you know where the Dubai Pearl Museum is
Many visitors and residents of Dubai are aware of the Dubai Museum in Bur Dubai, but did you know a little bit further in Deira is an immaculate collection of Dubai pearls housed in a permanent museum type display on the top floor of Emirates NBD bank ?
What’s the Dubai Pearl Museum about
I visited the Dubai Pearl Museum as part of a larger group and found it informative and insightful. The informal tour begins with a short (10 minute) dvd explaining the fascinating history of pearling in the UAE, the lives of the workers who dived for pearls and how they prepared for the long, difficult voyages as well as explaining the growth of a natural pearl in an oyster.
Where did the pearls come from for the Dubai Pearl Museum
There is a semi guided walk around the Dubai Pearl Museum displaying literally thousands of pearls most of which were donated by Sultan Al Owis whose father, a pearl trader, started off this prolific collection.
Apparently pearls are best displayed on a red background to show their lustre and indeed all the displays are against a red velvet background. As well as the pearls themselves there is a collection of the real instruments and tools required for extracting and sorting the pearls, I found the collection of different sized brass sieves fascinating.
Pearling was a unique tradition for a whole community in the UAE that touched all facets of life. There is also a display of the earliest currency used in this part of the world.
The exhibition is a wonderful and unique way of preserving a piece of history and heritage that is too easily forgotten in modern Dubai.
Visit the pearl museum for a glimpse of the real Old Dubai. I highly recommend it. Click here for what you NEED TO KNOW to make a visit to the Dubai Pearl Museum and Thanks for liking DoinDubai.com on Facebook.
UPDATED 20th NOVEMBER 2013
And if you happen to be in London between September and January, do check out this gorgeous exhibition held jointly with the V and A and the Qatar Museums Authority. Check the link to read about Pearl fishing in the Gulf.