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.

Some highlights from the collection

  1. Shield, SM1999-385 The shield is used with a sword for defence. It is probably made of hippopotamus or rhinoceros skin and adorned with six copper alloy fitments each held in place with an iron nail. On the reverse are two handles and six iron rings used to hang and carry the shield.

  2. Gun, SM2008-78 This gun uses gunpowder placed in a piece of cloth. It is decorated with sheet silver. The gun was gifted to the museum by His Highness Sheikh Haitham bin Saqr bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Head of the Office of HH the Ruler of Kalba. It can be seen in the Sheikh's room.

  3. Al Yazrah, SM1999-867 Al Yazrah is one of the most important irrigation tools that used in the mountains in the past. It consists of four pillars made of palm trunks to support a pulley. A leather bucket is suspended by a rope which is pulled by an ox as the farmer walks it up and down a ramp. Water was raised from the well and then emptied into Al Falaj, an irrigation system that channels water to the crops.

  4. Qur'an Manuscript, SM1999-932A complete copy of a 700 year old Qur'an manuscript that was decorated with gold. This facsimile was printed in Beirut in 1403 AH (1982 AD).


Opening Hours:

Museum is closed for restoration.

Entry Fees to the museum:

Children (Under 13 years): Free

Adults (13+ years): 5 AED

Tourist groups Entry Fees:

Children tourist group (Under 13 years): Free

Adult tourist group (13+ years): 3 AED each

Schools Entry Fees:

Government school trips: Free

Private school trips: Free


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Our Location

Bait Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al Qasimi is located near Al Kalba fort, directly on the east coast of the Arabian Gulf, in Kalba.

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