Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village: learn about UAE culture and crafts in one destination

Take a look at what artisans get up to at one of the capital's tourist hotspots in our gallery

Have you ever wondered what Abu Dhabi was like before skyscrapers?

There is a spot a mere 10-minute walk from Marina Mall that has the old desert way of life all under one roof.

The Heritage Village on the Corniche Breakwater is a time capsule that brings to life a souq, a mosque and an encampment within its walls. It has also been home to talented craftsman and artisans who work with metal, pottery, fabric and glass since its opening in 2001.

Working without machinery, everything from the metalworker's khanjar – or ceremonial dagger – to the potter's cups and bowls are handmade. Visitors are also sometimes encouraged by the artisans – who offer public workshops – to get involved and try out the skills for themselves.

Take a look at the craftsman at work in the gallery above.

Abu Dhabi's Heritage Village is free to enter and is open from 9am to 4pm daily except on Fridays, when it is open from 3.30pm to 9pm. Find it on the map below. For more information, visit their website.

Updated: July 29, 2019 12:55 PM

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