Date: 27 Jul – 31 Dec 2019
Category: Family, Experiences, Community
Admission: Individual: AED 20, Children 7 – 12 years: AED 10, Adults over 60: free, Children up to 6 years: free
Located in a historic building in the Shindagha Heritage District of Dubai, the Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum reveals all about one of the most stimulating and mysterious archaeological sites yet discovered in the Emirate.
The museum has the best of art technology to explore Saruq Al-Hadid – ‘the Way of Iron’ – a remote desert site that was the main centre for metal works close to three thousand years ago. This is the very first time the objects from Saruq Al-Hadid have been on public display in a museum, offering a fascinating insight into the skill and accomplishments of the people who worked at this Iron Age ‘factory’. Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum is an important part of the history of Dubai. It was built in 1928 and was once owned by Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.
The house is spread out on two floors and features the museum on the ground floor, set up around a spacious courtyard. It is one of the finest surviving examples of traditional architecture in Dubai and is built with local materials such as coral stone, gypsum, and chandal wood. The Shindagha Heritage District has a number of traditional buildings that was belongs to the oldest quarters of Dubai. This new museum combines an early Emirati building with the latest technology, and represents the regeneration of the historic district. The museum features history that comes alive and displays locally unearthed artefacts that evidence Dubai’s role as a destination for trade and civilisation in the Arabian Peninsula.
Saruq Al Hadid is an archeological site, the oldest that was discovered in Dubai till date, and it reveals intriguing details of a mysterious civilisation that existed 4,000 years ago in the Rub Al Khali desert. In the year 2002, the site was discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, while on a helicopter hovering over the area, as he noticed that the sand dunes were darker in colours than their surroundings.
A gold ring was discovered that inspired the new Dubai Expo 2020 logo. This newly-opened museum offers the mysterious route of archaeological discoveries and showcases thrilling treasures of ancient times. Visitors can now take a look at the relics, dramatic displays of gold, bronze and iron and an impressive haul of over 900 objects discovered from the site.
08:00 – 20:00 – Sat to Thurs
16:00 – 20:00 – Fri
Saruq Al Hadid Museum
Shindagha Heritage District
Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
Tel.:+971 4 353 9090
Photo courtesy: www.saruqalhadid.ae
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