November 2, 2005
The present government of Dubai has spent an enormous amount of money restoring the house. Before the restoration, it lay virtually in total ruin. It now houses a first-rate museum which traces the history of the house, the Al-Maktoum family, and Dubai itself, back to its early days as a sleepy outpost on the Arabian Gulf eeking a modest income from pearl diving and fishing. Life in those days was very, very tough, and represents a far cry from the hedonistic glitz of Dubai's current incarnation.
From journal Dubai: Hong Kong Wannabe