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This is the yard of Sheik Saaed Al Maktoum’s House. It dates from the end of the 19th century and has then belonged to this Sheik, who has ruled Dubai between 1912-1958. Too modest for a Sheik, it’s a museum today. All around the yard we have doors leading to rooms where we can see documents, objects and old photos, showing the history and evolution of the emirate.
In the middle of the yard, we can see a wind tower. Today a part of the culture of Dubai, these towers, of Persian origin, were an early form of air-conditioning, once they allow the circulation of the air (don’t ask me exactly how this works). We can find too many in the quarter of Bastakia – an old quarter once inhabited by the traders coming from Bastak, in Iran. After arriving here, they have started building their houses adding the wind towers, like they had in their home country. This gives us an idea of how difficult life was here in those days, under such weather conditions. Today there are air conditionings all around the city, but it seems that the government has been trying to preserve the wind towers.
When I took this photo it was around 50º C, so there were not many tourists around.

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