Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Chairman of the National Council of Tourism and Antiquities (NCTA), launched yesterday (Wednesday) the UAE’s national e-registry for antiquities, the first of its kind in the region.

The registry aims to protect antiquities, provide reliable information to researchers, learners, tourists and executive authorities tasked with protecting national treasures, such as axes that date back 120,000 years.

The registry serves as a national database that incorporates 3,100 pieces of diverse antiquities from all emirates and 30 entries of basic information on each piece in terms of size, weight, measure, original material, place and date of discovery, discoverer of the artefact, its condition, and image.

The registry is expected to have 4,000 antiquities by the end of the current year and 10,000 in the years to come.