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01 April, 2007

Ancient costume drama

DUBAI, 1 April (Reuters) - A team of British and French archaeologists working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates have unearthed ruins believed to date back to Shakespearean times.

Foundations uncovered so far include several Tudor-style cottages and a theatre believed to be a replica of the Globe.

Research leader Professor Pierre de Foutre of the University of Marseilles said several clues helped the team locate the Tudor settlement in the beachside suburb of Umm Seqeim.

"The modern name for the area is Al Wasl Road; this comes directly from its original name, Wassail Road, and there are even several well preserved Tudor houses," he said.

Dubai's minister for arts and culture, Sheikh Jamal Al Majnoon, said he was not surprised by the discovery.

"Dubai has a rich tradition of theatre and drama, far greater than Broadway or the West End," he said.

"We already have as many as two theatres and plan to increase theatre capacity 10% by 2050."

Volunteers at local historical society Jumeirah Archaeological Foundation have supplied the archaeologists with several valuable photographs dating from the early sixteenth century.

They provide a rare glimpse into the lives of Gulf Arabs in Tudor times, before the advent of oil and prostitutes.

Sheikh Jamal says the Globe theatre will be rebuilt once excavations are complete.

"We will open the new theatre with a gala night of stick dancing followed by a performance of Hair by the Sharjah Royal Players."

© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.

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Blogger Sam B said...

Ok I know this is april fools, but why would I not even be surprised if it were true?

01 April, 2007 06:01  
Blogger dubaibaggie said...

I wonder if they will find any original 16th Century manuscripts by that great local playwright Sheikh Zubair

01 April, 2007 07:46  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Happy April Fool's day to you too, SD!

01 April, 2007 09:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They didn't mention in this context that the original plot of 'Much Ado about nothing' was of course set in Dubai. But surely everyone knows that.

01 April, 2007 09:46  
Blogger Unknown said...

Sheikh Jamal Al Majnoon


01 April, 2007 13:23  
Blogger BuJ said...

Jamal al Majnoon is quite smart :)

the picture tells it all.. mind u i seen the real thing.. but would hate to imagine the UAE under tudor rule..

01 April, 2007 13:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.. and in true Dubai form, this discovery coincided with the announcement of Shakespeare city, a truly unique development which will have freehold villas and apartments in the shape of The Globe theatre, but this one will be 3 times larger.

01 April, 2007 14:03  
Blogger Keef said...

Surely you mean Sheikh Spear?

01 April, 2007 15:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"but would hate to imagine the UAE under tudor rule.."

But the Tudor dynasty did include 2 Queens, so all is not lost!

01 April, 2007 21:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kuwait Times did an 'April Fool' today (and then, very lamely, printed a full page 'gotcha' inside on page 4 - presumably as insurance against the howling bearded loonies who would demand immediate throat slitting if the 'joke' wasn't admitted) stating that alcohol would be permitted in May, after a 40 year ban.

Those crazy pranksters at the KT, must have gotten their info from the UAE model, where I understand the Faithful are barred and only Heathens are allowed a booze ration. Or something.

I just heard this on the BBC world service - - - the USAF has nuked Tehran.

02 April, 2007 00:06  
Blogger Dubai Jazz said...

how come you don't have a link to the original article on Reuters?
Aha! it's the April fool's joke!..
Sorry ... my fault... been taking you seriously....

02 April, 2007 02:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great. Photography was invented in Dubai 200 years earlier than in the rest of the world. And how nice were the cars in Shakespeare times in dubai..

02 April, 2007 02:39  
Blogger al-republican said...


Your article is obviously a hoax. Everybody knows that Williams Shakespeare was actually a sufi saint whose real name was Wali Mian Shaikh Peer!

The West changes his pious name to "Williams Shakespeare"! You dirty Westerners! :P

03 April, 2007 15:44  
Blogger Taunted said...

Oh come on Secret, you were going to do this last year...

Some of us really are elephants you know....

03 April, 2007 17:33  
Blogger Parag Writes said...

your blog reads like a top notch news channel, great stuff! a window to dubai

18 April, 2007 19:17  
Blogger Parag Writes said...

great stuff, a peep into dubai life. reads like a top notch news channel!

18 April, 2007 19:19  

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