A trip to Dubai transports you on a journey
through time. Although the early history of the area is not very
well documented, archeological discoveries suggests that, as
long as four thousand years ago, small fishing communities lived
along the coast of the Arabian Gulf on the site of modern Dubai.
It is also believed that the natural sheltered harbor afforded
by the Dubai Creek was a busy port of call on the ancient trade
route between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley. In recent years,
archeologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts, including
pottery, weapons and coinage that point to civilized settlements
dating back to the third millennium B.C.
These historic finds have been carefully preserved and are now
permanently housed in the Archeological Section of Dubai Museum.
Modern Dubai, however, traces its origins to the 1830's. At that
time, the small fishing village on the Shindagha peninsula at
the mouth of the Creek was settled by a branch of the Bani Yas
tribe, originally from the Liwa oasis to the south, led by the
Maktoum family who still rule the emirates today.