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Truth will always prevail, says Saudi historical researcher Loay Al Shareef

Truth will always prevail, says Saudi historical researcher Loay Al Shareef

Wednesday, 04 April 2018

Truth will always prevail, even if it might take time for it to be validated, according to Loay Al Shareef, a researcher of ancient Arab civilisations. He was speaking at a session titled ‘Opinions, Doubts and the Actual Truth’ at the 17th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) in Dubai.

Held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, AMF 2018 is being held at Madinat Jumeirah from 3-4 April.

Al Shareef spoke about ‘Dubai BC’, a programme recently launched by The Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO). The 10-part documentary series that explores Dubai’s ancient past was produced by GDMO in collaboration with Loay Al Shareef. ‘Dubai BC’ was filmed in five ancient archaeological sites in Sarouq Al Hadid, Hatta, Al Qusais, Al Sufouh and Al Eshoush in Dubai.

This programme, Al Shareef said, was the target of disparaging comments from online trolls. “Nothing new here, even Robert Koldewey, the German archaeologist, famous for his in-depth excavation of the ancient city of Babylon in modern-day Iraq, was subject to such attacks by people who doubted his work,” Al Shareef said.

Al Shareef said that the program merely reports the facts that were revealed by archeological excavations in these regions. Dubai BC offers insights into civilisations that flourished in the Arabian peninsula in the period before the birth of Christ, starting from the 3rd millennium BC. Apart from the unique social, economic and cultural characteristics of these civilisations, the documentary takes a deeper look at the significant migrations that shaped the region’s ancient history.

Al Shareef said online trolls attacked the programme by raising doubts about the archaeological findings. “Truth will always be truth, regardless of the lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance,” he said.

The 17th edition of the AMF has brought together more than 3,000 prominent regional and international media figures and thought leaders. Apart from high-profile local speakers, the two-day event features 50 speakers representing 20 countries from across the Arab region and the world. Under the theme ‘Impactful Media Trends’, prominent media personalities, writers, influencers and academics are sharing their views on diverse issues at the Forum with the aim of forging a new vision for the media.

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