In 2002, His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and the Ruler of Dubai, discovered an archaeological site called Saroug Al Hadeed.
It is clear that site was a place of connection, where objects and people met after travelling long distances. Each year hundreds of artefacts have been found there. Many of the objects from the site had been brought across long distances – from modern day India and Afghanistan. There have also been discoveries of seals belonging to an Egyptian Pharaoh, Thutmose III, and cedar wood from what is now Lebanon. One set of artefacts in particular – a series of gold rings – stood out as particularly unique and inspirational.