Delma Museum
UAE, Dalma island

<p>Delma Island, first inhabited by humans almost 7,000 years ago, is a treasure trove of important archaeological finds and historical buildings. One of the most interesting is the former home of a pearl merchant, which now houses the Delma Museum.</p><br><p>The Delma Museum, known as Bayt al-Muraihi, displays artifacts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Delma was a major pearl trading center. The museum also displays finds collected during excavations and restoration of the building. Some of the exhibits, including pearl fishing equipment and stone anchors, were donated to the museum by the residents of Delma Island.</p><br><p>An interesting element preserved in the historical building is the midbass. This device for storing and pressing dates to produce date syrup (dibs) has been restored to its original condition.</p><br><p>There are also artefacts related to the restoration of four surviving buildings in the center of the island's old town. These include the museum building itself, as well as the Al-Muraihi Mosque, Al-Dossari Mosque and Al-Muhanadi Mosque.</p><br><p>The Delma Museum building is associated with an important figure in the history of the island: Mohammed bin Jassim Al Muraihi , a famous pearl merchant. The original stone structure was built in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a place where the owner conducted business and entertained guests.</p>