Chairman & DG of Department of Culture & Tourism visit Marawah excavations

The Chairman and  Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi visited the island of Marawah on 23 October 2017 to see the excavations. 

From left to right: Dr Olivier Brunet, Rita Aoun-Abdo, Dr RIchard Cuttler, Dr Mark Jonathan Beech, Abdulla Khalfan Al Kaabi, HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Abdulla Ghanam bin Kadas Al Rumaithi, and Professor Peter Magee.

His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director-General of the Department, visited the island of Marawah yesterday to see the latest developments on the excavation

They were accompanied by RIta Aoun-Abdo (Executive Director – Culture Sector, Department of Culture and Tourism) and Professor Peter Magee (Consultant to the Chairman, Department  of Culture and Tourism).

The group met the team of archaeologists working on the island which included Dr Mark Jonathan Beech (Head of Coastal Heritage and Palaeontology), Dr Richard Cuttler, Abdulla Khalfan Al Kaabi, Zahir Khan, Rabin Rai and Rashid Ali from the Department of Culture and Tourism, as well as Dr Olivier Brunet and John Martin.

Earlier this year, a team of archaeologists on the island announced important archaeological discoveries that provided important information about the nature of human societies in Abu Dhabi more than 7,000 years ago.

Commenting on the previous excavations and ongoing excavations on Marawah Island, HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The archaeological discoveries on Marawah island are invaluable sources,  which enable us to research and discovery more deeply the history of Abu Dhabi and the region, and to understand the roots of our history and our heritage. We in the Culture and Tourism Department are committed to the conservation and preservation of these historical discoveries. We plan to undertake advanced research, documenting all these discoveries , in order to ensure the transmission of these historical treasures to future generations. Only through careful studies and diligent excavation of such archaeological sites can this be effectively carried out. ”


From left to right: HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Dr Mark Jonathan Beech, HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Rita Aoun-Abdo, Professor Peter Magee, Dr Richard Cuttler, Abdulla Khalfan Al Kaabi, Unknown, Dr Olivier Brunet and Abdulla Ghanam bin Kadas Al Rumaithi.

The visiting group inspect Room 5 of a new structure identified within the Late Stone Age settlement.


New excavation season on Marawah Island

From 2-26 October 2017 we will be renewing our archaeological excavations on Marawah Island. This will continue our investigations of the Late Stone Age settlement site known as MR11. The team includes: Dr Mark Jonathan Beech, Dr Olivier Brunet, Dr Richard Cuttler, Ahmed Abdalla Elhaj Elfaki, Abdulla Khalfan Al Kaabi,  John Martin, as well as Zahir Khan, Rashid Ali Mohammed Akrab , and Rabin Rai.

To see some of the results of our work visit: