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’.
SaruqAl-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.
Exciting visitor experiences
The museum offers a range of activities and experiences, with something for every age and level of interest. While exploring the unresolved questions of the site, the galleries will simultaneously address the science and theories behind artefact discoveries and the chronology of the site.
Beautiful and dramatic object displays show off some of the many thousands of artefacts that have been found at Saruq Al-Hadid. These objects have changed our understanding of the history of Dubai.
Children have their own gallery trail which keeps them involved and encourages them to explore each room in turn. The trail makes life easier for parents with energetic youngsters.
|Geographical location||Al Shindagha area - Bur Dubai|
|Area||1,100 square metres|
From 8:00AM- 2:00PM Saturday and Thursday
8:00AM- 8:00PM Sunday to Wednesday
Working hours will change occasionally to suit local holidays
Individual: 20 Dhs
Children 7 – 12 years: 10 Dhs
Adults over 60: free
Children up to 6 years: free
|Tourism guidance||Available for free|
|Telephone||04-3595612 and 04-515 5000|
|Public transport buses|
The museum can be reached easily by public transport. The Al Ghubaiba bus station is ten minutes walk away. Abras can be taken from the souq area in Deira to the nearby Bur Dubai Abra Station.
|Metro stations||You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba Metro Station nearby|
There is paid parking for cars and buses nearby on Al Khaleej Street service road as well as a drop-of zone for school and tour groups. Paid parking can also be found at the nearby Al Ghubaiba metro station.
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