Housed in a historic building in the Shindagha Heritage District of Dubai, the museum tells the story of one of the most exciting and mysterious archaeological sites yet discovered in the Emirate. The museum uses state-of-the-art technology to explore Saruq Al-Hadid – ‘the Way of Iron’ – a remote desert site that was a centre for metalworking some three thousand years ago.
This is the first time the objects from Saruq Al-Hadid have been on public display in a museum, offering a fascinating insight into the skill and accomplishments of the people who worked at this Iron Age ‘factory’.
Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum is located in a building that is an important part of the history of Dubai. It was built in 1928 and was once owned by Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum Al Maktoum. The house is on two floors – with the museum on the ground floor – arranged around a spacious courtyard. It is one of the finest surviving examples of traditional architecture in Dubai and is built with local materials such as coral stone, gypsum, and chandal wood.
The house is in the Shindagha Heritage District, a network of traditional buildings that was one of the oldest quarters of Dubai. This new museum combines an early Emirati building with the latest technology, and is symbolic of the regeneration of this historic district.