Archaeologists were last night said to be “amazed” at the discovery of what appears to be the remains of an ancient shopping mall, deep beneath the streets of modern day Deira in Dubai.
Initial reports date the mall to the pre-cretinous era, approximately 3,000 years ago. It is as yet unclear as to when or why the ancient mall fell into disuse.
Amongst the finds already made are a series of small walls that indicate the presence of ancient department stores and various retail outlets of the time, plus several skeletons of shoppers who may have died while queuing for a chariot.
The most eye-catching discoveries was remnants of a giant hall containing a 25-foot tall gold statue of what experts claim is a shrine to the much-loved children’s mascot, Modhesh. Historians suggest live sacrifices to shopping were frequently made at the foot of this altar.
Also among the finding is what appears to be a multi-arena theatre complex – replete with fossilised nachos and even crumbs of prehistoric popcorn on the floor.
Speaking to The Pan-Arabia Enquirer, prominent local archaeologist Seymour Flask said there were plans to transform the site into a major tourism destination.
“Once built, the Dubai Ancient City Shopping Village Experience and Residences will provide guests with all the latest facilities, as well as offering a unique insight into how we once shopped.”