A History of the World in 100 Objects

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one of the 100 objects that reveals the history of the world

one of the 100 objects that reveals the history of the world

You might remember a couple of years ago that the British Museum co-operated with BBC Radio to bring us 100 objects from its vast collection of world heritage items.

Now the museum has taken this idea one stage further and has opened an exhibition in conjunction with Abu Dhabi at Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island in the emirate.

It opened about three weeks ago and lasts for just 100 days, ending on the 1st of August. Yes there is a strong Middle Eastern flavour to the exhibits but that is because so much of our world heritage began here. Exhibits likely to appeal to those living in the Middle east  include a lifelike cast bronze hand from Yemen that was made between 100 and 300 BC, an Egyptian granite statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II discovered on Elephantine Island at the Temple of Khnum, and the famous Royal Game of Ur, found in a royal cemetery in southern Iraq and estimated to be around 4,500 years old.

In two years’ time the Zayed National Museum will open which is designed to celebrate the unification of the Emirates and their transformation into a modern nation. The 100 objects exhibition is part of the plan to build up to the opening.

But the British Museum is not the only organisation of international repute that is part of this massive cultural and heritage impact that is hitting Abu Dhabi. In Manarat Al Saadiyat there is already a Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and a Louvre Abu Dhabi which is described as a museum city. Add a maritime museum and a performing arts centre – all with stunning architecture – and this part of Abu Dhabi will be a big visitor draw.

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