Jumeirah Archaeological Site

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Coordinates: 25°12′11″N 55°14′31″E / 25.203°N 55.242°E / 25.203; 55.242

Jumeirah Archaeological Site

The Jumeirah Archaeological Site dates back to the Abbasid period, between the 9th and 11th century AD, today owned and managed by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. It was first excavated in 1969 with different ancient items including architectural and decorative findings, ranging from a mosque, caravanserai, and residential houses to glazed pottery jars and plate ware, bronze coins, glass and stone artefacts.


This affluent suburb to the south of Dubai city is the location of an important archaeological site dating to the early Islamic period. Large houses built of beach rock (farush) covered with lime plaster have been excavated at Jumeirah by a team from the Dubai Museum. Based on a study of the pottery found at the site, Jumeirah seems to date to the first two or three centuries of the Islamic era. Thus, it is in part contemporary with the sequence at Kush in northern Ras al-Khaimah, and with Jazirat al-Hulaylah.

Jumeirah is, however, the only complete settlement with well-preserved architecture yet excavated from this important period. A selection of the finds from Jumeirah can be seen in the Dubai Museum. This is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the UAE, but there is so little left to see that it’s really only of interest to folks with more than a passing interest in the remote past. With origins in the 6th century AD, the settlement was once a caravan stop on a route linking Iraq and Oman and is interesting in that it spans the pre-Islamic and Islamic eras. Pottery, tools, coins and other items unearthed here are displayed at Dubai Museum and the Heritage Village.

The ancient trade route between Iraq and Northern Oman, Jumeirah was a station for camels and horses along with these routes. Rich population are found at the suburban region south of Dubai. Old archaeological remains from 7th to 15th century AD where found during the mining in 1968. These remains where found out to be the existence of houses, stores and souqs. Among these houses one was found to be the palace of one ruler of that period in this region. The modern Islamic civilizations during this period are Kush in northern Ras Al-Khaimah, and Jazirat al-Hulaylah. Metal armoury, domestic equipment in stone, remains of dwellings, beach rock farush and lime plaster all these materials are used to build the houses, other things are hunting tools, coins, pottery and other household remains. All these were sent to Dubai Museum and Heritage and Diving Village, Shindagha so that tourists can have a look at these ancient and historic things.

Jumeirah Archaeological site reflects a picture of existence of Islamic era. Apart from gaining information about the culture and civilization of Dubai this site also amuses many of the researchers, archaeologists and international tourists which make this site a point of entertainment. The Jumeirah Archaeological site is generally not opened for public in order to protect these important reserves of archaeological knowledge. Dubai museum will grant on special request to visit the site if you are a tourist an archaeology student.

In the 6th century AD this was a caravan station along a trade route linking Iraq to northern Oman. Today, Jumeirah Archaeological Site is the largest and most important archaeological site in the United Arab Emirates, attracting a large number of visitors each year.

Jumeirah Archaeological Site is not just a touristic attraction. Archaeologists, researchers and historians from all over the world come here to study the digs and the artefacts from the 7th to 15th centuries AD discovered on site. Tourists must obtain a special permit from Dubai Museum to visit the digs.

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