Dubai Culture and Arts Authority Highlights Archaeological Achievements at 57th Seminar for Arabian Studies

Dubai Culture and Arts Authority

Dubai, The Gulf Observer: Dubai Culture and Arts Authority has concluded its participation in the 57th Seminar for Arabian Studies, organized by the International Association for the Study of Arabia (IASA). The event, held at the National Institute of Art History in Paris, aimed to enhance the exchange of ideas and perspectives among researchers and academics on the history and civilization of the Arabian Peninsula.

Aligning with the Authority’s efforts to highlight the importance of Dubai’s archaeological and historical sites, this participation underscores its sectoral priorities to cement the emirate’s presence on the global heritage map.

During the three-day conference, Dubai Culture’s delegation presented two scientific papers focusing on Dubai’s archaeological sites. The first paper, titled “Iron Age Artefacts Hoard Discovered at Saruq Al Hadid-53 Archaeological Site, Dubai-UAE,” was presented by Mariam Al Suwaidi, Senior Archaeologist at Dubai Culture. This research discussed the history of the Saruq Al-Hadid site and highlighted the significant artefacts discovered there, including a hoard considered one of the most important archaeological finds in the southeast Arabian Peninsula.

The second paper, “Soil Corrosivity at Saruq al-Hadid and Al Qusais Archaeological Sites in Dubai, and its Effect on Metal Objects: A Comparative Study,” was presented by Zainab Ali Salmin, Senior Archaeological Conservator at Dubai Culture. This study focused on developing conservation and restoration methods for artefacts discovered at the Al Qusais and Saruq Al-Hadid archaeological sites.

Bader Mohamed Al Ali, Director of the Antiquities Department at Dubai Culture, emphasized the significance of international conferences in highlighting Dubai’s historical importance. “International conferences are an inspiring space to showcase Dubai’s historical significance, making it a destination for researchers and archaeologists. Our participation in IASA’s Seminar for Arabian Studies provides a comprehensive view of Dubai’s capabilities and archaeological sites, facilitating the exchange of expertise and strengthening relations with international research institutes and excavation missions,” he said.