Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the Saruq Al Hadid Museum at Al Shindagha in Bur Dubai.
The museum displays thousands of golden, bronze and iron pieces, discovered at the Saruq Al Hadid archaeological site in the Rub Al Khali desert, south of the emirate of Dubai, where excavation is still taking place.
Housed in a historic building in the Shindagha Heritage District of Dubai, the museum also features fossil remains of animals and fish, in addition to ancient clay pots.
The Saruq Al Hadid site was discovered by Sheikh Mohammed while flying in a helicopter over the area when he noticed sand dunes with darker colours than their surroundings.
He returned to the area in 2002, with Emirati expert and international archaeologists, who established that it was inhabited by Arab tribes 5,000 years ago.
"Museums reflect the culture of the nation. They symbolise ancient and modern civilisation of the country and a nation that has no history, has no identity," the Sheikh said in a statement.