Coin Museum -Heritage of Dubai expressed in Numismatics


So many places to visit in Dubai! Yet, you don’t want to miss out any during your tour in this elegant and modern Middle Eastern city. You will not have made the best out of your tour if you don’t get to learn at least some about the heritage of Dubai- and a great place to start is the Coin Museum in Dubai.


Modern life has made transportation easy and it is easier when you hire a vehicle from car rental in Dubai service facilities to go to the Coin Museum which is located at Al Fahidi historical district, near the court of His Highness the Ruler, and along Al Seef street in the Big Souk (Market) in Bur Dubai. It will be a pleasant and swift ride to the place.


This colossal museum stands on a ground of 240 square meters. It was established in 2004. It exhibits more than 470 rare coins that are beautifully displayed on the museum’s ancient walls; these coins are from various historical eras- some of them even date back to the time of Khalifah Othman bin Affan, and even some others that were used at the time of our beloved Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him.


Each and every coin in the museum, secured in display cabinets, has a magnifying screen- this gives you the opportunity to scrutinize even the tiniest of detail. Moreover, touch screen information tablets are available to the visitors to help explain the information about each coin, for instance its shape, size, thickness, the way it was minted, its diameter, the statements written on it and the drawings and shapes engraved on it.


If you use a vehicle from rent a car in Dubai services, then you will be driven to the front of the museum. After that, when you enter, you will discover that the museum has seven main rooms. The first room is for the museum management. The second exhibits information about the money history. The third room showcases 16 pieces of Sasanid Arabized Dirham’s dwelled during the reign of Rashidun Khilafat and Umayyad Khilafat. In the fourth one you will come across 64 pieces of Dinars and Dirhams that belong to the Umayyad Khilafat starting from the reign of the Khalifah Abdul Malik bin Marwan until the fall of Khilafat in 132 Hijri; the last Khalifah was Khalifah Marwan bin Mohammad.


The fifth room displays 115 pieces from the Abbasid Khilafat, starting from the reign of the Khalifah Abu Al Abbas As-Saffah who was the originator of the Abbasid Khilafat and to the fall of the Khilafat in the reign of its last Khalifah Al Mu’tasimBellah. 45 pieces of Egypt, Levant and Turkey money, from the period of Tulunids, Ikhshihidids, Fatimids, Mamluks and Ottoman Khilafat, can be seen in the sixth room of the museum. This room also holds 91 pieces of coins from Iraq and Muslim Mashriq, besides money that goes back to states of Buyids, Samanids, Seljuqs and Saffarids. Last but not the least, the seventh room includes 22 pieces of North Africa and Al Andalus currency, including coins from Ummayad state, Aghlabid and Zirids.


There is an eighth room that has 102 pieces form the Arabian Peninsula and the United Arab Emirates, including the Rasi, Ziadi, Salihi, Zarei, Rasoli states, in addition to other coins currently used in the region. After your visit, your vehicle hired from rent a car in Dubai will drive you back to your accommodation without any inconvenience.


So before you leave Dubai, take some time to explore Middle Eastern heritage and culture- it’s worth it. And never worry about transportation, car rental in Dubai services are easily available.