'Happy and proud' Ruler of Dubai meets archaeologists at Jumeirah dig site

Sheikh Mohammed thanks workers at a dig in Jumeirah

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid thanked archaeologists as he toured the ruins of an Emirati home on the Dubai coast.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai visited the Jumeirah archaeological site, first discovered in 1969.

The site belongs to the Abbasid era, when the settlement served as a caravan stop along a trading route connecting Iraq and Oman to India and China.

The low walls of a building are among the remains of the trading settlement remain to this day.

It is located between Jumeirah and Al Wasl Road and the collection is open to the public at the nearby Dubai Museum.

Mehra Al Mansouri, an Emirati archaeologist working for Dubai Municipality, briefed Sheikh Mohammed as he toured the museum’s collection.

“I am happy and proud of you young people for undertaking difficult and meticulous projects that require patience and skill, in search of the history of ancestors and fathers which is rooted in this generous land and for documenting the history of our region," he wrote on Twitter.

"We are exploring the past to discover and preserve such treasures and to revive our memory and remember the great history and our values. Such history can help triggering and nourish the capabilities of the new generations and motivate them to explore new horizons," state news agency Wam quoted him as saying.