Public tours of one of the oldest archaeological sites in the UAE have begun; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

UAE – Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)

History fans heading to Abu Dhabi may be interested to learn that the Hili 8 archaeological site in Al Ain has been opened for the first time to the public. The Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism recently held tours of what is one of the oldest sites of agricultural settlement in the United Arab Emirates, dating back approximately 5000 years. It has indicated that it plans to repeat the experience in the future.

Located close to Hili Archaeological Park, Hili 8 is part of the Unesco World Heritage sites of Al Ain. French archaeologists began excavating it in 1977, and they found the remnants of barley, wheat and date palm.

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