Repository of UAE’s history
Saruq Al-Hadid heritage museum preserves the relationship of modern UAE with its priceless past
The Saruq Al-Hadid heritage site and museum are a testimony to the fact that the UAE has links to civilisations going back 5,000 years.
The Saruq Al-Hadid or ‘the Way of Iron’ is a remote desert site, which was a centre for metal work in the Arabian peninsula. It was discovered by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VicePresident and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during a helicopter ride.
An excavation revealed copper and gold artifacts — small metal human figurines, bronze snakes, and even a single mysterious anklet.
The museum lies in the heart of Old Dubai — the Shindagha Heritage District — where visitors can expect to be greeted by a connection between early Arab civilisations and their counterparts in Mesopotamia, India, Syria and Egypt. An immersive audio-visual experience, theatrical film show, and multiple displays allow visitors of all ages to explore unanswered questions.
On visiting the museum, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid said: “Museums reflect the culture of the nation. They symbolise ancient and modern civilisation of the country and a nation that has no history, has no identity.”
The Dubai Expo 2020 logo has been inspired by a gold ring discovered at the site and now displayed at the museum.
For just Dh20, visitors to the museum will get to experience a rewarding family day out.