Explore Dubai history in newly opened Saruq Al-Hadid Archeology Museum

Published on : Monday, November 21, 2016

explore-dubai-historyThe newly opened Saruq Al-Hadid Archeology Museum- the first in a series of cultural developments- is set to transform Dubai’s historical district. Featuring artefacts unearthed from the recently discovered archaeological site of Saruq Al-Hadid; rich immersive and interactive displays bring to life the fascinating story of the Iron Age in the Middle East.


Opened on 3 July 2016, Saruq Al-Hadid is not a traditional museum. Adults and children can put on their archaeology hat and go digging! The simulated excavation site has objects buried in the sand. Grab a brush and start discovering. You’ll soon find out what it feels like to be an archaeologist.


The building of the museum itself, was actually once the home of Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum back in 1928. This historic building, nestled in the Shindagha Heritage District of Dubai, is dedicated to the discovery of an excavation site that dates back to the Iron Age. During the conversion of this building into a museum, the integrity was carefully preserved and it’s easy to see to the distinct differences of new additions in contrast to the original infrastructure. It is also accessible on wheelchairs and strollers.


The tour begins with an immersive experience. This 3D cinematic room transports you to the edge of the desert and makes you feel like you are there at the amazing excavation site. Along the journey of discovery, you will find dynamic videos projected on the walls, and even interactive screens to engage with. Try putting together the skeleton of a dinosaur in a digital puzzle.


Unlike any other museum, where all the facts are already known, the attraction about Saruq Al-Hadid is that we don’t know how the story ends. Even to this day and continuing forward, there are items still being discovered. The final display in the museum is changed every 3 months to showcase the latest, most important finds from the live excavation site. Who knows what other mysteries have yet to be discovered.


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