• Dubai Muncipality
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2017 - 2022

Positioned on the banks of Dubai Creek, the traditional neighbourhood of Al Shindagha is one of the oldest parts of the city and was once home to the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum. Dubai Municipality appointed Barker Langham to breathe new life into these traditional houses and share their stories. Comprising a total of 17 pavilions and featuring over 50 collections of historical and cultural artefacts, Al Shindagha Museum will be the largest open-air museum in Dubai.

Barker Langham developed the content, narrative and collections for six heritage houses exploring themes including traditional crafts and cultural expressions, faith, seafaring, navigation, trade and the development of the city. We worked closely with Dubai Municipality to shape the storyline and experience to create cohesive and memorable exhibitions that would encourage visitors to explore and discover.

The design and development of each museum is well underway with some now open to the public and others opening house by house over the next year.