Jumeirah Archaeological Site

An active archaeological site for more than 45 years, Jumeirah Archaeological Site is one of the most historically important places in the whole of the Emirates. More than just a spot on the tourist trail, this site offers a unique insight into the history of the region.

One of the most historically important locations in the UAE, Jumeirah Archaeological Site offers a tantalising window into the ancient settlement which formed the roots of the place that would eventually become the modern city of Dubai. Located between Jumeirah and Al-Wasl Road, the Jumeirah Archaeological Site was first excavated in 1969.

Archaeologists and historians were thrilled to discover glazed pottery, jars, plates, tools, bronze coins and other artefacts which had lain undisturbed for centuries. These delicate finds embody the story of this place, demonstrating the presence of a mosque, caravanserai and several residential houses. They offer fascinating insights into the way people in this region lived, traded and travelled – and help to form our story of how humanity developed and prospered over the centuries. The smaller, moveable finds are now housed within the Dubai Museum, where they can be protected from the elements and viewed within a conservation environment.

Of course, you can see ancient historical artefacts, nicely presented and preserved, in countless museums around the world. However, nothing quite compares to visiting the actual location and witnessing the site of activity from the distant past. The remains at Jumeirah Archaeological Site date back to between the ninth and eleventh centuries, known as the Abbasid era.

At this time, the site was part of a settlement serving as a caravan stop on the important trading route which connected Iraq and Oman. This is one of the most important sites of Islamic history, where you can see what remains of actual stone buildings used by the people of this area and by travellers passing through.

For anyone interested in the history and culture of the region, Jumeirah Archaeological Site is a wonderful destination. However, this is much more than just another stop on the tourist trail: it is still an active site of science and archaeology, with new finds being uncovered and potentially new discoveries yet to be made.

Excavation, preservation and restoration are still ongoing at the site, as new techniques enable the remains to be better conserved so that they can continue to inspire and educate future generations.

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