Re­pos­i­tory of UAE’s his­tory

Saruq Al-Ha­did her­itage mu­seum pre­serves the re­la­tion­ship of modern UAE with its price­less past

Gulf News - - #young Editors - AASTHA JANI, 16

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.

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