Travel to Great Mirror: Photo 17
Sanitized, the museum retains the original simplicity of five residential units surrounding the courtyard. Sheikh Maktoum built the house in 1896 and lived in it until his death in 1958. Restoration by Makiya Associates began in 1980 and was completed in 1986 at a cost of $2 million. The walls, both inside and out, are covered with a farush plaster of sand, lime, and cement. Commendable? Maybe, but this is the only building in the Creek-side al Shandaghah quarter that was spared "urban cleansing," in the phrase of Salma Samar Damluji, writing in The Architecture of the United Arab Emirates, 2006, p.291.
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