Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dubai Bedouin Museum in Old Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) - LONG POST OF 108 PICTURES

These are LONG overdue.  This was a really great museum that we went to in Old Dubai, UAE.  UAE is short for United Arab Emirates for those that didn't already know.  We were there from March 9-13th of this year.  In this post you will see many re-enacted scenes with Wax figures.

OUTSIDE OF MUSEUM, THE ABOVE GROUND PART WAS A FORT

MOSQUE ACROSS THE STREET

DUBAI HAS THESE LOVELY FLORAL PAINTED TRASH CANS ALL OVER THE CITY

FRONT ENTRANCE & CANON

THIS WAS ACROSS THE STREET.  I THINK IT'S GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.

OUTSIDE OF THE FORT MUSEUM.  THE STICK LOOKING THING ON THE UPPER LEFT WAS TO DRAIN WATER.  THE SQUARE WINDOWS IN THE UPPER RIGHT WERE TO SHOOT OUT FROM.

INSIDE THE FRONT DOOR, NOTICE THE HUGE SPIKES?

OLD DAGGERS, SPEAR HEADS AND AX FOUND IN THE GROUND

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ARTIFACT HALLWAY

INFO ABOUT THE FORT.  ZOOM IN TO READ THE POSTER.

COOL LOOKING SWORDS

SWORD ON THE TOP, DAGGER IN THE MIDDLE ON THE BOTTOM.  NOT QUITE SURE WHAT THE ROUND THINGS ARE ON THE BOTTOM, CAN'T REMEMBER.

MORE DAGGERS

SELF EXPLANATORY, BOWS & ARROWS

ARMOR

ALL KINDS OF SPEARS

THIS WAS A LADY SITTING DOWN RELAXING.  YOU CAN SEE THE TRADITIONAL DESIGN ON THE SEATING CUSHIONS.

GOING UPSTAIRS, BUT THIS WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.

OUT IN THE COURTYARD AREA: THIS IS THE OUTSIDE OF THE KITCHEN

INSIDE OF KITCHEN

THIS IS AN AL-MANAMA, WHICH IS A BED FOR SLEEPING OUTSIDE IN THE SUMMER

TOURISTS LOOKING DOWN THE WELL IN THE COURTYARD

BED INSIDE THE MAIN PART OF THE LIVING QUARTERS

THE BOTTOM OF A WINDTUNNEL INSIDE THE TENT, WHICH IS THEIR VERSION OF AN AIR CONDITIONER.  IT CATCHES THE WIND, BRINGS IT DOWN INTO THE TENT AND CIRCULATES IT TO MAKE THE TENT COOL IN THE SUMMER, WARM IN THE WINTER.

OLD WOOD CARVED DRESSER/CABINET

2 HANDWOVEN ROUND RUGS PLACED ON THE WALL

THIS IS SOME INFORMATION YOU CAN READ ABOUT THE TYPES OF HOUSES IN THE DESSERT.

CLAY POTS

AL BAGGARAH BOATS USED FOR PEARL DIVING

OUTSIDE OF THE WINDTUNNEL ABOVE THE TENT

ANOTHER PEARL DIVING BOAT

EUROPEAN BRONZE CANNON DATED 1785, USED IN DUBAI IN THE 19TH CENTURY.

ANOTHER WOOD CARVED DOOR

WALKING DOWN INTO THE BASEMENT, WHICH IS THE RE-ENACTED SCENES AREAIT GOES AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND.

LARGE CLAY POT & CARVED WOOD DOOR

MORE WOOD CARVED DOORS

INFO ABOUT DUBAI DATING BACK TO 3,000 BC






SCENE OF A GENERAL PART OF A VILLAGE

DONKEY HARD AT WORK, YOU SEE A WAX MAN ON THE LEFT IN A WAIST WRAP WHICH ARE STILL WORN TODAY.  ON THE RIGHT YOU SEE A WAX MAN IN A WHITE THOBE, WHICH IS BASICLY A PULL OVER TYPE OF DRESS.  HIS HEAD SCARF IS CALLED A GHUTRA OR SHEMEGH DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE.

THIS MIGHT BE AN AREA CLOSE TO THE WATER, WHERE THEY ARE LOADING AND UNLOADING THINGS.

TRANSPORTING THINGS ON BOATS.  THE WAX MAN IS WEARING A WAIST WRAP AND A KUFI WHICH IS THE HAT, PRONOUNCED "KOOFEE".

2 BOYS PLAYING WITH A TOY BOAT NEXT TO THE WATER.  THEY ARE WEARING THOBES AND ONE IS WEARING A KUFI.

TYPICAL SCENE YOU CAN STILL SEE TODAY.  MEN HANGING OUT SMOKING SHISHA WHICH IS FRUIT FLAVORED TABACCO & DRINKING COFFEE.  TO THE FAR LEFT, YOU SEE AN OLD NON-ELECTRIC RECORD PLAYER.

WAX MAN IN WAIST WRAP CARRYING A BAG OF SOMETHING, MAYBE RICE OR FLOWER.

SIDE VIEW OF THE MEN HANGING OUT SMOKING SHISHA AND DRINKING COFFEE.

LOOKS LIKE A WAX MAN SHARPENING HIS KNIFE?

WHAT A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE CARPENTER SHOP LOOKED LIKE


WHAT A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE HERB & SPICE SHOPPE LOOKED LIKE THEN AND STILL LOOKS SIMILAR TO TODAY.

BAGS OF HERBS/SPICES, SAME AS USED TODAY

WHAT A TRADITIONAL VILLAGE BLACKSMITH SHOPPE LOOKED LIKE

TRADITIONAL POTTERY SHOPPE, SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU STILL SEE TODAY

TRADITIONAL VILLAGE JEWELRY SHOP.  BACK THEM MOST OF THE JEWELRY WAS MADE FROM BRASS.

CLOTH OR FABRIC SHOPPE

2 WAX MEN HANGING OUT IN THE VILLAGE STREETS

SEWING SHOPPE, TAILOR SHOPNOTICE THE VERY OLD SINGER FOOTPEDAL SEWING MACHINE?


I WANTED TO GET A PICTURE OF THE TYPICAL THREADS USED BACK THEN.

FOOD SHOP/GROCERY STORE..........THOUGH THE BRANDS OF FOODS DIDN'T EXIST BACK THEN.

TYPICAL QURAN SCHOOL, THE TEACHER ON THE LEFT, STUDENTS ON THE RIGHT.

BEDOUIN ("BED O WIN" OR "BEDWIN") GIRLS IN TYPICAL STYLE OF DRESS

2 MEN DOING SOMETHING, NOT QUITE SURE.  BOTH WEARING THOBES & SHEMEGHS

BEDOUIN WOMAN IN THE BACK WEARING THE TRADITIONAL CLOTHING & FACE VEIL (NIQAB).  YOU SEE 3 MEN WEARING TRADITIONAL CLOTHING AS WELL, 2 ARE SITTING, 1 IS STANDING IN THE UPPER RIGHT.

ANOTHER WOOD CARVED DOOR

I LIKED HOW THIS STAINED GLASS WINDOW LOOKED

TYPICAL SHAPE OF DOORWAYS, TO RESEMBLE THE TOPS OR MINARETS OF MOSQUES/MASJIDS.
2 BEDOUIN GIRLS PLAYING WHILE WEARING THE TRADITIONAL CLOTHING

CEILING OF THE MUSEUM, I LIKE THE WALL NOOKS THAT ARE USED FOR STORAGE.

BEDOUIN WOMAN WEARING TRADITIONAL CLOTHING, DOING MAYBE SOME TYPE OF HANDICRAFT, NOT SURE.  SHE IS SITTING ON THE TRADITIONAL ARABIC FLOOR SEATING CALLED MAJLIS.  THERE ARE CUSHIONS DIRECTLY ON THE FLOOR AND BACK CUSHIONS UP AGAINST THE WALL.

INFO ABOUT THE SOCIAL LIFE FOR BEDOUIN WOMEN AND INFO ABOUT THE WINDTOWERS.

LARGE BED ON CARVED WOOD POSTS.

DATE BUNCHES HANGING TO DRY

MAN LEADING A CAMEL.  THE MAN IS WEARING A GUN ON HIS BACK AND A DAGGER ON HIS WAIST.

MAN MAYBE WORKING BUNDLING THINGS, NOT SURE.  YOU SEE THE TYPICAL BROOMS ON THE LEFT STILL USED TODAY.  THEY ARE MADE OUT OF DRIED PALM LEAVES.

DATE BUNCHES HANGING FROM THE DATE PALMS JUST AS YOU SEE THEM TODAY

BEDOUIN WOMAN IN HER TRADITIONAL CLOTHING CARRYING A BASKET, AS THEY STILL DO TODAY

INFO ABOUT HOW VALUABLE THE CAMEL IS.  TODAY, JUST AS IT WAS BACK THEN, THE CAMEL IS A SYMBOL OF WEALTH.  CERTAIN CAMELS CAN COST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

FALCONRY STILL EXISTS TODAY.  FALCONS WERE USED TO TRANSPORT NOTES TO OTHER PEOPLE, TO FIND WATER, TO FIND FOOD AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURE, ETC.  THEY HAD MANY USES.

MAN DOING SOME TYPE OF GARDENING OR UPKEEP OF THE DATE PALMS.

BEDOUIN WOMAN GETTING WATER FROM A WELL.

BEDOUIN WOMAN CARRYING WATER IN CLAY POTS.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT THESE MEN ARE DOING.  IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY, YOU CAN SEE A COFFEE POT ON THE FIRE.

INFO ABOUT THE BEDOUIN PEOPLE.
IN A NUTSHELL, BEDOUINS LIVE IN THE DESERT.

TYPICAL BEDOUIN COUPLE

BEDOUIN JEWELRY WAS TYPICALLY MADE FROM BRASS AND WAS VERY HEAVY.  THIS WAS USUALLY GIVEN AS A BRIDAL GIFT FROM A GROOM TO HIS NEW BRIDE.  JEWELRY WAS A STATUS SYMBOL AND A WAY TO SHOW YOUR WEALTH.  SAME STILL APPLIES TODAY.
PEARL DIVER, WITH HIS BASKET HANGING FROM HIS NECK

BOAT BEING MADE



PEARL DIVING ARTIFACTS, IN THE MIDDLE WITH THE STRINGS ARE THE NOSE PIECES USED TO KEEP WATER FROM ENTERING THE NOSE WHEN THEY WERE IN THE WATER, LOWER RIGHT WAS A BASKET, UPPER MIDDLE WERE SHUCKING TYPE KNIVES USED TO PRY OPEN OYSTERS AND DIG THE PEARLS OUT.


TOOLS FOR SIFTING AND DETERMINING THE CLASSIFICATION SIZES OF PEARLS TO DETERMINE PRICE & SUCH.

BEDOUIN COUPLE WORKING WITH FISH, CLEANING & STRINGING

LOOKS LIKE A MAN MAKING A FISHING NET BY HAND

ANOTHER PICTURE OF MAKING THE BOAT

ANOTHER WOOD CARVED DOOR

I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE SCENE WAS INSIDE THIS CAVE

SKELETON LYING ON HIS RIGHT SIDE THAT WAS DUG UP


MAN CARRYING A BUCKET OF NOT SURE WHAT

 THE MIDDLE EAST IS KNOWN FOR THEIR HEAVY WOOD CARVED DOORS



THE END!  I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour April. I've never been there and it was interesting to see how they lived.

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  2. @Christine MYou are most welcome. I have LOTS more pictures to show coming soon!

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  3. thanx for the museum tour! interesting. will look forward to the next batch of pix!

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