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This is the oldest building in the UAE, it is 8,500 years old!

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An old building was discovered by archaeologists in the United Arab Emirates. Estimated to be 8,500 years old, it is the oldest building in the UAE.

Quoted from CNN Travel by Detik Travel, Friday (2/18/2022) the newly discovered building turned out to be 500 years older than the previous record-breaker. It is located on Ghagha Island, west of the city of Abu Dhabi, according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism in a press release.

An old building was discovered by archaeologists in the United Arab Emirates. Estimated to be 8,500 years old, it is the oldest building in the UAE. Photo: (Department of Tourism and Culture Abu Dhabi/CNN)

The excavated structure has new walls that still stand to a height of almost one meter. The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism’s archeology program team stated that the building was likely home to a small community that may have lived throughout the year.

Hundreds of artifacts were also found, among them stone arrows used for hunting. According to a team of archaeologists, it is likely that the local people used the rich marine resources.

Although archaeologists still don’t know for sure how long the settlement was used, there is a body buried in the structure and it is estimated to be around 5,000 years old.

“The discovery on Ghagha Island highlights that characteristics, innovation, sustainability and resilience have been part of the DNA of the inhabitants of this region for thousands of years,” said Department Chair, Mohamed Al Mubarak.

Previously, the record for the oldest building in the UAE was achieved by Marawah Island. It is also the location where the world’s oldest pearl was discovered in 2017.

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