DCT Abu Dhabi concludes Advances in UAE Archaeology Conference 2022

DCT Abu Dhabi concludes Advances in UAE Archaeology Conference 2022

ABU DHABI, 16th December, 2022 (WAM) -- The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) concluded the second edition of the annual Advances in UAE Archaeology Conference 2022.

Held on Yas Island, the conference ran from 12-13 December, and focused on recent archaeological discoveries, revealing the latest findings and research results in the UAE, as well as promoting the role of museums in preserving and communicating the UAE’s archaeological heritage to the public.

A practical field trip was also conducted on 14th December, successfully showcasing unique discoveries and extended academic learning at two archaeology sites in Hili, Al Ain.

Organised by Zayed National Museum, the conference supported DCT Abu Dhabi’s cultural mission to preserve and promote the emirate’s rich cultural and historic heritage.

Dr. Peter Magee, Director of Zayed National Museum, said, “Archaeology offers a unique perspective on human history and culture, helping us understand where and when people lived, and most importantly, how they have lived. The Advances in UAE Archaeology Conference expanded appeal within the community and attracted more archaeology enthusiasts to attend, exchange knowledge and network alongside fellow archaeologists. We are proud of the team from DCT Abu Dhabi for leading this project, featuring passionate Emirati specialists enhancing and almost certainly revising our knowledge of UAE archaeology and our deeply rooted origins.”

By sharing Abu Dhabi’s unique legacy through a wide-ranging programme of cultural events, exhibitions and museums, the Department aims to present the emirate as an international cultural destination.

Driven by a commitment to protecting the many archaeological and historical sites throughout the emirate, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Culture Sector leverages the cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi to advance the emirate’s development as a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction.

Following the success of the Archaeology Conference in 2018, the second edition was delivered over three days, including an expanded line-up hosting more than 30 expert speakers and presenters highlighting their archaeology and relevant academic research results, marking a new chapter by celebrating the modern advancements and developments in the archaeology field.

The Advances in UAE Archaeology 2022 Conference was an opportunity for professional archaeologists working in the UAE, the Gulf region, and across the world, to network, share ideas and research, as well as attend presentations by historians, architectural historians and conservators.

With broad appeal, the conference offered exciting and engaging opportunities for VIPs and government officials, academics and archaeologists, and corporates and delegates. All attendees enjoyed the opportunity to be immersed in authentic Emirati hospitality at arrival points within the venue and beyond.

The conference also included innovative and informative academic and formal sessions, with workshops, informal networking and discussion opportunities for all attendees. This supports DCT Abu Dhabi’s commitment to drive the sustainable growth of the Emirate’s culture, tourism and creative sectors, striving to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the emirate’s potential.