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Courtesy the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

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The Breakwater

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Museums, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Although Abu Dhabi is constantly evolving, remnants of the UAE's heritage are easy to find. If you're interested in learning more about Abu Dhabi's roots, consider a visit to Heritage Village. Set across the Dhow Harbour from the Corniche, Heritage Village is a representation of the original fishing village that once stood here. While touring this living museum, you'll stroll past Bedouin tents and wooden huts housing workshops where you can watch weaving and metal-working demonstrations. The facility also features a restaurant and several shops where you can pick up local crafts and spices.

Travelers agree that Heritage Village offers an interesting peek at Abu Dhabi's history and appreciate that the attraction doesn't charge admission. "You can […] get an idea of how life used to be in the Emirates," one TripAdvisor user said, adding that the visit offered "interesting insight to what life used to be like before the skyscrapers and Bentleys." However, many recent visitors lament the site's small size, noting that a visit won't require more than an hour or two.

You'll find Heritage Village sitting on the Breakwater near the Marina Mall. The site is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Thursday and from 3:30 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Admission to Heritage Village is free. For more information, visit the Abu Dhabi tourism board website.

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