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Archaeology conference to unearth UAE's past

posted on 21/01/2002: 1779 views


Archaeology conference to unearth UAE's past

A conference on "Archaeology in the Emirates" organised by UFE, the organisation of French nationals living abroad will be held at the Hotel Intercontinental on Thursday at 6.30pm. Dr Sophie Mery director of the archaeological mission of the French National Council for scientific research will deliver a lecture on the history of the mission with special focus on Neolithic and Bronze age.



She will also talk about recent discoveries and the work of other teams. French ambassador Francois Gouyette will also participate. UAE's past occupies a strategic position in the Gulf and its history is more ancient than most people think with evidence showing that people lived along the coast 8000 years ago, said Mery. She said that it was in 1977 that French archaeologists arrived in the UAE and began work on the reconstruction of the country's history in co-operation with the Department of antiquity in Al Ain. The group then extended its activities by co-ordinating with museums in Sharjah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain.



She said that the group dealt with several topics of research including the creation of the oasis ecology in the Bronze Age which was done in conjunction with the department of archaeology in Al Ain. The French group which also plans to research on subterranean water canals in Fujairah has three teams working in Al Ain including specialists on bones, skeletons and tombs. The group has completed four seasons of excavations in Al Ain and is currently into the fifth season. (The Gulf Today)

DSF roadshows in Arab countries

Two teams of Dubai Shopping Festival left yesterday for Kuwait and Beirut for a series of roadshows to promote the DSF-2002 in the GCC and other key Arab markets. The first delegation, headed by Ibrahim Saleh, Chief Operating Officer of DSF, comprised of 28 representatives from Dubai's leading hotels, tour operators and car rental companies. They are scheduled to participate in workshops to be conducted in each cities to familiarise the local travel trade with the DSF packages and key attractions, according to reports in the UAE's dailies.



The delegation will hold a Press conference and a travel workshop in Kuwait today, followed by similar programmes in Bahrain tomorrow, Doha on Tuesday and Muscat on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia will be covered next month. Saleh said: He said for DSF 2002, the activities have been designed on the theme 'One World, One Family, One Festival' to offer a multi-cultural experience to visitors from different parts of the world, in order to generate greater participation and interaction.



Major Jassim Abdul Ghafoor, Head of Public Relations of Dubai Naturalisation & Residency Department, said that DNRD had lowered the salary limit under which Dubai residents are entitled to sponsor their relatives to Dubai. During DSF, Dubai residents earning Dh5,000 and above can sponsor their relatives. As a further incentive, sponsoring residents will be eligible to enter fabulous raffle draw in which the prize will be 3kg of gold. He said there has been no change in the policy of issuing visas, but the formalities have been made easy, quick and simple. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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