Meet Abu Dhabi’s Heritage Village, a family-friendly spot to experience the traditional way of life in the desert. The village is an immersive time capsule, with an old-world souk (market), mosque and camp modelled on life in pre-modern UAE.
Located on the Marina Mall Island close to the city centre, the traditional oasis village offers a glimpse at Abu Dhabi’s past. Here you can shop, discover artefacts and watch artisans make pottery, blow glass and weave fabric on a loom.
The village is also home to the Emirates Heritage Club, which hosts workshops for traditional crafts. You can watch craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills such as metalwork, pottery, weaving and spinning yarn. They may even let you try your hand at their trade too.
Don’t forget to check out the village’s little spice shop, which offers a range of dried herbs, handmade soaps and plenty of souvenirs to take home to family and friends.
Frequently asked questions about Heritage Village
What is a Heritage Village?
A Heritage Village is commonly known as a place that displays and celebrates the heritage and culture of the country it is representing, like the one in Abu Dhabi.
What can you see at Heritage Village?
At the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, you will be able to see an old-time souk (market), mosque and camp, and even observe how traditional crafts are made. Discover ancient artefacts and immerse yourself in the charming days of the past.
Why is the Heritage Village important?
The Heritage Village helps retain a significant essence of the past so that generations to come will always remember the roots of the nation.