Situated close to Dubai Creek and Bastakiya heritage area in Bur Dubai is the Dubai Museum. The museum is housed in Al Fahidi Fort, an impressive building with previous incarnations as a palace, garrison and prison. Completed in 1787, the building is the oldest in Dubai and is worth a visit for the history of the museum itself. A circuit of the museum takes around an hour, but visitors have been known to spend a whole afternoon, taking in the life-sized dioramas that depict everything from traditional Arab houses to mosques, as well as souk, desert and marine life. The pearl diving exhibit is not to be missed.