Dubai’s Pearl Museum hosts a priceless collection

19 July, 2015


The headquarters of the then National Bank of Dubai is still a highlight of the city’s skyline, but few know of the Pearl Museum on the 15th floor. It contains one of the world’s largest and finest collections of saltwater pearls from the Gulf. It was donated by Sultan Al Owais, a descendant of a family of pearl merchants. A former chairman of the bank, the late Al Owais was a distinguished poet and philanthropist. His collection contains maps, diving paraphernalia and equipment used by pearl merchants such as weighing scales made from precious stones, imported from as far as Yemen, and wooden boxes where traders would keep their wares when travelling on business. There are, of course, pearls – more than 50 kilos of them.

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