About The Museum
Bait Al Naboodah first opened its doors on November 14, 1995. It reopened its doors on April 08, 2018 after renovation and restoration.
Why visit the museum?
Here, you can learn about the authentic architectural designs of traditional Emirati houses, as well as about the lifestyle and values of our ancestors. This house is a unique model of the marvelous Sharjah architecture. Built in the mid-19th century, the museum has been renovated to reveal the life and times of Obaid Al Naboodah, and show how the architecture of Bait Al Naboodah was influenced by the pearl trade.
Experience the ancestors’ lifestyle in one of their beautiful houses... Visit Bait Al Naboodah
The house originally belonged to the late Obaid bin Eissa Bin Ali Al Shamsi, nicknamed Al Naboodah. He was a prominent pearl merchant who held commercial ties in India, Africa and France. Al Naboodah lived in this house, built around 1845, with his family
The house construction went through several phases as his family grew bigger.
This charming two-storey house is built around a large courtyard with walls made of coral. What makes Bait Al Naboodah architecturally unique among other Sharjah's traditional buildings are the teak columns,and the intricate plaster and wood carvings found throughout the house. Also, instead of barjeel (wind towers), Bait Al Naboodah features malaqaf (wind scoops) that are built into the walls.
Bait Al Naboodah was remarkable for its design, beauty and size. The building embraced local design elements and cultural practices, while incorporating architectural influences from the broader Gulf region. It was one of Sharjah's largest houses and is a prime example of a grand coastal home.