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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 20 November 2018

Sharjah Ruler opens Mleiha Exhibition in Brussels - in pictures

Exhibit marks 10 years since the start of archaeological works in Mleiha by Belgium's Archaeological Mission

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah opened the Mleiha Exhibition in Brussels on Thursday.

The exhibit, at the Belgian capital's Royal Museums of Art and History, will run until end of December. It is organised by the Sharjah Archaeology Authority (SAA) and marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the excavation works of the Belgian Archaeological Mission in Meliha.

Sheikh Sultan toured the exhibition and inspected works on display, which constitute 32 different ancient pieces from Mleiha - one of the UAE's most important archaeological areas.

Some of the works on show include coins, pottery, glass and stone utensils, and a collection of silver and bronze jewellery, gilt horses and camels’ equipment. Iron weaponry from swords to arrows and spears are also on view.

Mleiha is still revealing secrets of pre-Islamic life in the Arabian Peninsula today and shows how the area was an important economic link between Mesopotamia in Iraq, Persia, the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, and the countries around the Mediterranean.

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