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Museum offers glimpse of rich history
Written by Ammar Hammad   
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 23:00

Mr Al-Sayegh demonstrates how the scale is used to weigh pearls

Mr Al-Sayegh demonstrates how the scale is used to weigh pearls 

 

We left Bahrain early in the morning of the 15th and it took us about 9 hours to get to Abu Dhabi where we picked up fellow team member Maria Ramos.

From there, we headed straight to Mr. Khalid Al-Sayegh, the famous pearl merchant (more details about him in a future report from Maria) at his private pearl museum. Abu Dhabi TV crew were waiting for us to record the first destination of the team and talk about Mr. Al-Sayegh's role as a prominent pearl merchant.

Mr. Al-Sayegh gave us an interesting tour of his museum, talking about the history of the pearl business in the world and the Arabian Gulf, and also his family's involvement in it. He also showed us some rare pearls and the tools used in the business.

Mr Al Sayegh showing Maria some rare pearls and explains why are they considered pearls 

Mr Al Sayegh showing Maria some rare pearls and explains why are they considered pearls 

 

After the tour, he presented us with his book Splendour of Pearls. Before heading to Oman, he took us to a restaurant where we had a nice dinner.

Later, we drove for about an hour to the border city of Al-Buraimi before calling it a night.

The next morning we toured the city, visiting 'Al Khandaq Fort' and their local market and had the pleasure of meeting some really nice Omanis. We then left Al-Buraimi and headed to Muscat where we will spend the most time on this trip.

After about 5 hours of driving, we checked into the Park Inn Hotel and then left for a quick drive through the city and also took in some dinner.

We then drove back to the hotel for a much needed sleep.

Al Khandaq Fort

Al Khandaq Fort