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Bait Sheikh Saeed Bin Hamad Al Qasimi in Kalba
About The Museum

Bait Sheikh Saeed Bin Hamad Al Qasimi in Kalba first opened its doors as a museum on December 5, 1999.

Why you should visit Bait Sheikh Saeed Bin Hamad Al Qasimi in Kalba

One of the most beautiful heritage houses in the UAE, located in Kalba on the east coast of the Arabian Gulf. It was built between 1898 and 1901, and was the residence of Sheikh Saeed and his family. He ruled and signed several agreements from within this house which reflects the authentic Emirati architectural style. Today, Bait Sheikh Saeed displays many valuable Islamic collectibles that have significant importance.

Located on the Emirate’s East Coast, the Bait abounds with traditional Emirati heritage and Islamic collectibles‎

When you visit the east coast, add visiting Bait Sheikh Saeed Museum to your list. This museum, which was renovated and reopened to the public, enriches your trip and takes you on a thrilling discovery journey through exploring the ancestors’ profound culture and civilization. The tranquil coast with its charming sandy beaches, the stunning majestic mountains, the vast green plains give this house a unique view. Located along the beach, it is surrounded by lush gardens. Bait displays collectibles embodying the UAE heritage and many fascinating Islamic artifacts.

It was built between 1898 and 1901 by the most skillful and professional local builders at that time. It features a fine traditional style and consists of two sections, eastern and western. The eastern section includes the entrance, Al Majlis, Morabba'a and the defensive "curtain" with "Mazaqhel" (a piece of fabric with parted holes). The outer Majlis faces the shore, and is devoted to men and visitors. It is separated from the western section by a wall built in the middle of the two sections. The western section comprises family living units.

Highlights from the collection
  • Cog: It’s used with a sword to defend. It’s made of seal skin and adorned with six metal parts, and screws placed at the end of the gear in a circular form. It features six iron rings used to hang the hand knob to carry the cog and use it for defense.
  • The rifle: A gun which uses gunpowder placed in a piece of cloth. It’s decorated with metal plates, and was given away by His Highness Sheikh / Haitham bin Saqr bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Deputy Head of the Office of HH the Ruler of Kalba. It’s placed in the Sheikh’s room.
  • Alyazrh: It’s one of the most important irrigation tools that were used in the past. It consists of four pillars made of palm trunks to support a pulley. It has a leather bucket belted with a rope; a bull pulls the other end of the rope as the farmer walks it up and down the passageway to pull out the bucket after it is filled with water, then turn it over to spill the water and irrigate the crops .
  • The Quran Manuscript: A complete copy of the Quran manuscript inlaid with water gold, and has been preserved for nearly 700 years. It was printed out, and the first edition was published in Beirut in 1403 AH (1982 AD).
Opening Hours

Saturday to Thursday:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Timings are subject to change during public holidays and Ramadan. For more information call the museum.

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