Did you know humans were making a fair fist of creating a civilised society on the Arabian Peninsula more than 5,000 years ago?
Well you do know. And we know it thanks to the sterling work of some of the world's leading archaeologists who are based at the Saruq Al-Hadid site some four hours south of Dubai.
Translated as 'the Way of Iron', the site has been profiled in an immersive new video released by the Government Of Dubai Media Office. Its release comes as the a museum on the banks of Dubai Creek dedicated to the findings continues to welcome more and more guests hungry to discover more about the past.
Set in the Empty Quarter (more specifically on the edge of Rub al-Khali), the vast sprawl of desert that stretches from beyond Abu Dhabi south towards Oman and Saudi Arabia, the Saruq Al-Hadid site was first unearthed in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
The official website reveals the discovery was quite by chance, with His Highness noticing an unusual dune formation while flying overhead in a helicopter.
In the intervening years, scientists and archaeologists have found evidence of over five thousand years of activity, and more than 12,000 individual pieces. The most significant among the gold jewellry, copper alloys, weapons, animal fossils and other homeware, was a ring that inspired the Expo 2020 logo.
The wares can be seen in a historic building in the Shindagha Heritage District of Dubai, with the story of the past millenia told using state-of-the-art technology. Tickets are just Dhs20.
For more information, visit http://www.saruqalhadid.ae/