Dubai exhibition highlights heritage

Guest Writer

The Heritage Collections (Banader Al Turath) Exhibition, which was officially opened by H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at The Walk Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai Marina, is offering insights into Dubai’s glorious past and progress through 3000 years to residents and visitors from different parts of the world. 

Organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) as part of its participation in the 15th edition of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the show is being held at The Walk JBR for the first time and will run until February 28. It is open to the public from 5 pm to 10 pm.

After formally cutting a ribbon to mark its opening, H. H Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed, accompanied by scores of DTCM and DSF officials, toured the exhibition housed in a special marquee set up at the venue, located next to Hilton Jumeirah along the Arabian Gulf shores. 

The Heritage Village, created by DTCM on the lines of a similar facility in Al Shindagha, is a big draw with the residents of Dubai Marina and surrounding residential zones, 75 per cent of whom being Westerners. 

Banader Al Turath exhibition is showcasing exhibits collected from at least five sites in the emirate, including Sarouq Al Hadeed, a rich archaeological site situated 100 kilmetres south of Dubai in a sand dune area and discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. 

Only a select number of artifacts discovered from the site during excavations since 2001 have been kept on display.  Exhibits have also been sourced from other archaeological sites located in Al Sufouh and Al Qusais. 

It has been established that Sarouq Al Hadeed flourished during the 1st millennium BC as an industrial center manufacturing bronze and iron products in addition to gold and silver jewellery. Stretching 13.75 square kilometers, the finds here date back to the Neolithic Period (7000-4000 BC) and the first millennium BC.   

From the Sarouq Al Hadeed, the archaeological teams recovered huge quantities of bronze tools, grinding stones, carnelian beads, rings and fragments of soft stone vessels.    

The excavations also led to the discovery of large settlements engaged in copper production. 

Copper ore, slag heap, furnace fragments, copper ingots, large number of grinding and crushing stones found at the site, suggested that the site was one of the ancient copper-smelting villages in the region.

The department has been utilizing the DSF right from its inception to showcase emirate’s rich cultural and traditions. This year, our special events will highlight and document the country’s ancient history.


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