I knew for sure that this was my ticket, to go back in time, when this bustling modern city was just a Bedouin village. To get the feel of this, all of us reached Al Fahidi Fort which was built way back in 1799.The museum is housed in it, that itself was enough to give us a thrill of getting back in times.
It was thrilling to know its history that it had served as a garrison house then a prison and later went on to become the present museum. My husband took special interest in the traditional mud house –barasti- made from mud and palm fronds .I was sure the mud walls must be keeping the houses cool during the torturous summer months. The bronze canyons and typical fishing boats were a reminder of how men would take to occupations around their homes.
The mock souk with displays of craftsmen and traditional shopping scenes were enhanced by lighting effects. Scenes of life at home and mosques enriched our knowledge about society in those times. I marvelled at the pearl diving exhibits, wondering how the divers could wear only nose clips to dive into the depths of the ocean.
All of us huddled together and watched in absolute silence the archaeological displays, where the artefacts dug out from the tombs of the nearby areas, way back in 2000-1000 BC, were displayed. It sure made us imagine about life after death!