Dubai // Deira //

Municipality Museum

The run-of-the-mill Municipality Museum occupies the quaint old balconied building which originally housed the city’s first municipal offices from 1958 to 1964 – the 1950s municipality had just six employees compared to over 20,000 today. Exhibits include assorted charts, municipal stamps and other documents including the 1966 decree ordering traffic to drive on the right (vehicles had previously driven, Britishstyle, on the left) and the groundbreaking city plan of 1960 showing the proposed development of Deira and Bur Dubai – extremely small beer compared to more recent developments, but impressively ambitious for its time.

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