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Sultan opens exhibition
November 09, 2018
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BRUSSELS: His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday inaugurated “Mleiha Exhibition, Arabian Kingdom on the route of Commercial Convoys,”  at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels.

The exhibition will continue till the end of December.

The exhibition, which is organised by Sharjah Archaeology Authority, marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the excavation works of the Belgian Archaeological Mission in Mleiha.

Sheikh Sultan and the attendees toured the exhibition, which contained 32 different ancient pieces from Mleiha including pieces of architectural elements, geometric inscriptions, coins, some pottery, glass and stone utensils, a collection of silver and bronze jewellery, gilt horses and camels’ equipment, and iron weapons that varied between swords, arrows and spears, in addition to holdings and commercial goods that confirm the important commercial history of this region.

The exhibition comes in the context of introducing one of the most important archaeological areas in the UAE, which still reveal the findings and treasures of materials dating back to different eras in the history of the Arabian Peninsula.

The exhibition will contribute to exchanging knowledge and expertise with researchers and specialists in the major international cities concerned with the discovery of ancient human landmarks, the movement of human migration in ancient times, the environmental geography, trade movement, the nature of settlements and aspects of life and religious rituals during those distant eras.

It is noteworthy that Mleiha’s strategic location in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula contributed to the emergence of prosperous societies between the third century BC and the third century AD and was an important station for the passage of commercial convoys.

Mleiha also played a vital economic role in connecting the East and West and also between the north and south of the Arabian Peninsula, up to the Mesopotamia in Iraq, Persia, the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, and the countries around the Mediterranean Basin.

The inauguration ceremony was attended among others by Mohammed Issa Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, EU and Luxembourg; Dr. Sabah Abboud Jassim, Director General of the Sharjah Archaeological Authority.

WAM

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