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Sultan Al Qasimi: I will exert the necessary efforts to search for answers for researchers’ inquiries about Ahmed Ibn Majid

Posted on 07/11/2014

His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, said that he will exert the necessary efforts using his own collection of available valuable historical books in search of answers to the questions still raised by researchers about the seafaring of the Arab and Muslim seaman Ahmed Ibn Majid, as findings of certain research contain false information or prosaic contents, some of which state that Ibn Majid was from Julphar, the latter being a ...  >>MORE

RAK history recorded in 1,600-page encyclopaedia

Posted on 03/11/2014

The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah now has its first-of-its-kind encyclopaedia that covers 80 years of its history and beyond. Najeeb Al Shamsi, an Emirati social and economic researcher who also works as the Director-General of the GCC Supreme Council Consultative Authority, said it took him four years to finish the ‘RAK Encyclopaedia'. "It is a unique comprehensive reference work that covers over 80 years of the history of the northern emirate starting from the thirties of the last century up ...  >>MORE

TCA Abu Dhabi organises First GCC Heritage and Oral History Forum

Posted on 10/09/2014

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, is to host the First GCC Heritage and Oral History Forum to highlight the importance of oral history in preserving the U.A.E.'s cultural heritage, from 14t – 16th September. Forum delegates will explore the storyteller's role in safeguarding elements of intangible cultural heritage and developing current fieldwork techniques of collecting data through stories told by the elderly and other heritage custodians. The Forum is expected to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi’s past a picture of natural beauty

Posted on 02/08/2014

It may seem strange, but six to eight million years ago Abu Dhabi was a land with rivers flowing through it that supported vast areas of lush grasslands. "In Al Gharbia, we have a sequence of sands and clays that were deposited mainly by a river system,” said Dr Faisal Bibi, a palaeontologist at the Museum für Naturkunde's Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science in Berlin. "This ancient river system has been called the Baynunah River. Within those Baynunah sediments, we can ...  >>MORE

A historical tale of two mosques

Posted on 15/06/2014

Centuries-old mosques hosting daily prayers are a major tourist attraction. Ever wondered about the mosque which adorns your Dh5 note? Called Salem Al Mutawa, it is one of the two oldest mosques in the U.A.E. and lies west to the city of Khor Fakkan. The other mosque — believed to be the oldest in the U.A.E. — called Al Bidaya dates back to 1446 and is located in a small village in Fujairah. The prayer hall has a small mihrab (the niche in the wall that indicates the direction of the ...  >>MORE

#MyDubai sparks people's imagination

Posted on 07/01/2014

The #MyDubai campaign has gained momentum on various social media channels since its launch on Sunday. Several people tweeted and posted pictures expressing their sentiments. Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, launched this initiative through his Twitter account (@HamdanMohammed) to create an autobiography of Dubai through pictures and videos. After posting tweets and a video introducing the initiative, Shaikh Hamdan followed it up with a picture of the ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Mohammed launches initiative to write world's first autobiography of a city through social media

Posted on 06/01/2014

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, yesterday launched a year-long initiative to create an autobiography of Dubai through social media. Open for all of the Emirate's residents and visitors, the initiative encourages people to capture the real life dynamics of Dubai and share the most compelling moments they experience. People are invited to contribute by using the hashtag #MyDubai, and will be able to introduce the unique values and culture of the ...  >>MORE

Qasr al Hosn Festival to welcome its visitors once again

Posted on 09/12/2013

Held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Qasr Al Hosn Festival will once again celebrate the oldest building in Abu Dhabi, which is now 250 years old. The Qasr al Hosn festival is a historic and cultural celebration that will open its doors from February 20th to March 1st, 2014, to welcome thousands of visitors following its successful first edition earlier this ...  >>MORE

Going back in time to the pearl era

Posted on 26/05/2013

The 60-foot dhow race organised by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) on Saturday rode the waves of the Gulf waters, offering a glimpse of the nation's rich traditions to tourists and residents alike. In a boost to sea tourism, the RTA organised Al Gaffal dhow race, initially to be held on May 18, only to be delayed till Saturday. An RTA ferry stacked with sailing fans departed from the Marina Mall at 8am and headed to Moon Island, en route to which the sailing dhows with their white ...  >>MORE

Sultan sheds fresh light on history of Emirates

Posted on 23/05/2013

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, through a phone conversation with the Direct Line programme aired live on Sharjah Radio and TV on Wednesday, has emphasised that the names of Sharjah, Qaiwain and Khaimah have been mentioned in the book and maps of Ptolemy. He pointed out that there was a doubt whether these names already existed in the book or mentioned and added after translating Ptolemy's book in the Abbasid Era. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Emirates ID launches “Milestones in the History of the UAE” competition on Facebook

Posted on 28/03/2013

The Emirates Identity Authority (Emirates ID) has launched a new interactive competition titled "Milestones in the History of the UAE” for its followers on Facebook. The new application allows Emirates ID's followers on Facebook to contribute to documenting and writing the UAE's history and recording the different social occasions and events, whether private or public, said a statement. They can do it by accessing the electronic application, selecting the date and writing the event that ...  >>MORE

Qasr al Hosn Festival, simply an overwhelming success

Posted on 11/03/2013

As the Qasr al Hosn Festival draws to a close, the over 30,000 visitors who descended on the capital for the occasion have been reflecting on what has been a spectacular 10 day national celebration. Creating a festival in the historical Qasr al Hosn site is a feat that has never been attempted before and the opportunity to learn more about Abu Dhabi's fascinating past has attracted thousands of visitors to enter via the festival's gates! "The result of the Qasr al Hosn Festival has been ...  >>MORE

Thousands catch Qasr Al Hosn grand finale

Posted on 10/03/2013

Thousands of visitors flocked to the Qasr Al Hosn Festival for a walk through Abu Dhabi's history before the celebrations drew to a close at midnight yesterday. They wandered the sandy compound to watch the historical exhibitions and live performances, checked out the traditional souq stalls, horses, camels, falcons and salukis, and met the Emirati craftspeople. The 10-day festival, which began on February 28 and took place next the Qasr Al Hosn, the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi, gave ...  >>MORE

Preserving UAE's fort for the future

Posted on 07/03/2013

Qasr Al Hosn was built using coral stone from nearby reefs and mangrove trees – materials that are environmentally protected 250 years later, complicating restoration work at the old fort. It is a dilemma heritage officials have to deal with while ensuring any work is historically accurate. "It does pose a problem but not a problem that can't be overcome,” said Mark Kyffin, the architect behind restorations by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The fort is to be repaired or sections ...  >>MORE

Qasr Al Hosn reflects themes of allegiance and belonging to the historic leadership, says Abdullah bin Zayed

Posted on 06/03/2013

H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister visited Qasr Al Hosn Festival, which runs until March 9th. The event marks the 250th anniversary of the construction of Qasr Al Hosn. Sheikh Abdullah attended the folklore shows, which highlighted the dominant local traditions and customs of the UAE and are usually performed during the National Day and Eid celebrations. The UAE Foreign Minister also toured the heritage shows being featured at the festival. They reflect the UAE ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed visits Qasr al Hosn Festival

Posted on 03/03/2013

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces this evening visited the venue of the Qasr Al Hosn Festival which celebrates more than 250 years the fort's history. The event started on 28th February and will run to 9th March. In the main courtyard of the Qasr Al Hosn fort, Sheikh Mohammed and sheikhs performed the traditional Al Ayyala dance, while national folk-dancing troupes in national costumes were singing ...  >>MORE

Experts shed light on Emirati history, culture at Qasr Al Hosn Festival

Posted on 03/03/2013

The Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation is organising ‘Muntada Qasr Al Hosn' at the ongoing Qasr Al Hosn Festival. It will be held over three days. The last day — March 8 — will serve as a platform for visitors to the festival to engage in discussions and debates on a wide range of topics related to Emirati history and culture. The Qasr Al Hosn Festival is a ten-day-long community event that is designed to celebrate the long and illustrious history of Abu Dhabi, and serves as the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed: United Emirates a strong fort

Posted on 01/03/2013

Gen. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has expressed gratitude to the forefathers who worked for the progress and prosperity of the UAE. In a statement made to Abu Dhabi Al Emarat TV Channel yesterday following the national parade to celebrate 250th anniversary of creation of Qasr Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed said the people of the UAE are one family. "Our country is a unified and strong ...  >>MORE

Thousands join national parade to Qasr Al Hosn

Posted on 01/03/2013

Thousands of people converged in the capital on Thursday to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Qasr Al Hosn, the birth place of the Abu Dhabi emirate and the UAE Federation. The procession of Emirati men and women in traditional attire, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ...  >>MORE

Qasr Al Hosn Festival to mark 250 years of Emirati history

Posted on 28/02/2013

The Qasr Al Hosn Festival, which begins tomorrow will mark 250 years of Emirati history and culture through world-class acts, historical exhibitions, an interactive zone and a series of educational talks. Set to take place from February 28 to March 9 and then become an annual event, it also includes the specially designed show Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation by Italian-Belgian director Franco Dragone, according to a report published by The National daily. As the birthplace of the ...  >>MORE

Qasr Al Hosn Festival: something for both adults and children

Posted on 28/02/2013

Abu Dhabi's history will come to life for 10 days at the Qasr Al Hosn Festival celebrating the Fort's 250-year anniversary on Thursday (February 28) at 6pm, showcasing artefacts and artistic displays of the capital's past. With 600 souqs to visit, Festival guests will be able to purchase hand-crafted items and chat with senior Emiratis who will tell tales of past struggles and achievements. Outside the Fort's walls, Emirati men will perform traditional dances and songs using swords and ...  >>MORE

Qasr Al Hosn: The start of a nation

Posted on 22/02/2013

For more than 250 years, a gleaming white tower has stood guard in the heart of Abu Dhabi. To protect its people, a robust fort developed around it. Soon, with Abu Dhabi's founding generations living within, a thriving city sprung up in the vicinity. This is the Qasr Al Hosn, also popularly known as the "White Fort”. Beloved by its people, Qasr Al Hosn today symbolises the evolution of a civilisation, both through its architecture and the significant happenings that it has witnessed. "Qasr ...  >>MORE

Dreaming of the sea in Dubai

Posted on 12/01/2013

They had a dream, a city of merchants, a city built on trade, the sea connecting it to the world. These were the dreams of the founding fathers of Dubai. Dreams that began at the spot where the ruling families traditionally lived, believed to be the site of the original BaniYas settlement 130 years ago. A place where the seeds of modern Dubai were first sown. Just some of these dreams and how they became reality are being recorded in a unique project initiated by global marine terminal ...  >>MORE

About Sharjah: A treasure house of history

Posted on 28/07/2012

Centuries-old maps, illustrations and photographs before the establishment of the UAE highlighting the Portuguese forts in the 17th century, detailed watercolours of the British attack on this region in 1819 and many precious personal collections of the Ruler of Sharjah make the Dr Sultan Al Qasimi Centre of Gulf Studies unique. Set up in April 2007, the centre has six sections: the Hall of the Personal Collection of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme ...  >>MORE

Oldest, uniquely designed mosque continues to draw faithful

Posted on 18/06/2012

The UAE is a young country — barely 40 years old — boasting unparalleled development in each and every sphere that's shaping the nation into a modern civilisation, especially with the construction of the most high tech urban infrastructure on the planet. On the other hand, there are many interesting sites, oozing with historic meaning and magnificence — indicative of the rich past of a people who even in those early times lived in harmony while they enjoyed religious freedom. One such site ...  >>MORE

Tracking history across borders

Posted on 15/11/2011

School children in Galway in the west of Ireland are tracking the journey of a 95-year-old Irish sailing boat to Abu Dhabi which will go on show in the UAE capital’s Corniche destination village that will this new year host the Volvo Ocean Race fleet and a fortnight of celebrations to mark the historic occasion. The traditional Galway hooker Nora Bheag (Little Nora) is already on a container ship on its way to Abu Dhabi and is expected to arrive around the first week of December, coinciding ...  >>MORE

Three-member team to recreate Thesiger's journey

Posted on 06/10/2011

Al Ain - A British adventurer and two Emiratis will recreate the epic journey of famous desert explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger to mark the UAE's 40th National Day. Adrian Hayes, Ghafan Mohammad Al Jabry, and Saeed Rashid Al Mesafry will trek through the Empty Quarter with camels from Salalah, a city in Oman, to Abu Dhabi. They will rely on basic provisions, nature and Arabian hospitality to survive the 40-day journey that will cover 1,500km. The expedition has been named "Footsteps of ...  >>MORE

Late Emirati poet's book reveals past

Posted on 06/03/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) and the Poetry Academy have announced the latest publication of a book by late Emirati poet Hamad Al Khalifa Bu Shihab. Entitled "A View of the UAE's Past” reveals several fascinating insights into Emirati cultural and societal norms in addition to the history, economy and politics of the UAE. "This book includes a lot of information about Emirati culture and history that has never been revealed before, such as the family tree of the ...  >>MORE

ADACH National Library joins World Digital Library

Posted on 15/02/2011

The National Library of Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has joined the World Digital Library (WDL), an international project that places on line important historical and cultural documents from countries around the world. It's worth mentioning that 119 partner institutions from 66 countries are currently contributing to the WDL, which is being developed with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The National ...  >>MORE

Encyclopaedia of Ajman Documents released

Posted on 09/08/2010

An encyclopaedia documenting the history of the emirate of Ajman, its march of development and its relations with the other emirates and countries in the region was released by Ajman Centre for Documentation in association with the Department of Culture and Information in Ajman. H.H Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ajman and H.H. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Department of Culture and Information and Ajman Centre for ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Crown Prince receives family of British airman died in WW II

Posted on 28/01/2010

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, received yesterday Mrs. June Botten, niece of the British airman, Sergeant William Donnelly, who died in a crash of the Wellington bomber of Britain's Royal Air Force at Sayh Dhadnah in Fujairah during the World War II. Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the family of the airman, and highlighted the longstanding, historic relations between the UAE and UK. The Donnelly family expressed gratitude to H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin ...  >>MORE

Memorial to World War Two plane crash unveiled

Posted on 28/01/2010

Dhadnah, Fujairah - Nearly seventy years after a Wellington bomber of Britain's Royal Air Force crash-landed at Sayh Dhadnah, in Fujairah, a memorial stone was unveiled today at the site, commemorating both the crash and a British airman, Sergeant William (‘Billy') Donnelly, who died as a result of the crash. The crash took place on 14 February 1943. In a statement issued to mark the occasion, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Fujairah, said: "The ...  >>MORE

Legacy of Sheikh Zayed a beacon for new generations

Posted on 21/05/2009

Preserving forefathers' legacies is the responsibility of new generations as it helps them in building the future and protecting the identity and values, said a top government official at the centennial death anniversary of the Sheikh Zayed the Great. The centenary, held on Tuesday evening at the historic Al Jahili Fort, was part of a public education campaign to rediscover great historical figures in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Paying rich tributes to Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Al ...  >>MORE

Emirate to mark 100th anniversary of the death of Zayed the Great

Posted on 12/05/2009

A two-day celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa al Nahyan – Zayed the First – will take place in the Jahili Fort in Al Ain next week. The fort was built by the Sheikh, who ruled Abu Dhabi from 1855 to 1909, the longest reign in the emirate's history. Sheikh Zayed, who is also known as Zayed the Great, died on May 19 1909. The commemorative ceremonies, which are being organised by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) will ...  >>MORE

NCDR publishes new book on UAE history

Posted on 26/03/2009

The National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR) yesterday launched its latest publication "New Perspectives in Recording UAE History". The volume includes 25 papers by outstanding historians and scientists, delving deep into the distant past and documenting millions of years of UAE history in light of recent archeological discoveries. All the papers were translated into Arabic/English. Advance copies were presented to media representatives. The publication comes within the context ...  >>MORE

History of Al Qawasim to captivate opera audience

Posted on 21/02/2009

In an aesthetic tribute to HH Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras al-Khaimah on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his accession, an opera is taking its final shape at the Cultural Centre Theatres here. Rehearsals are in full swing to weave the spectacular musical drama in a captivating flow narrating the history of Al- Qawasim, thanks to an initiative from the RAK Department of Customs and Ports, the organisers of the event. Renowned director ...  >>MORE

New archive to protect ‘memory of the nation’

Posted on 10/02/2009

More than 400 government and cultural representatives, librarians and archivists gathered at a workshop yesterday dedicated to ensuring that the "memory of the nation” would be officially protected through a permanent national archive. The plan to establish an integrated and comprehensive national archive in 15 years is being led by the National Centre for Documentation and Research, which will co-ordinate between the different ministries and governmental offices. "There is no developed ...  >>MORE

Hanif opens CDR's international conference on UAE History

Posted on 24/11/2008

Minister of Education Dr. Hanif Hassan and Deputy Chairman of the Center for Documentation and Research (CDR) opened yesterday an international conference on UAE history organised by the CDR to mark its 40th anniversary. Being convened under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs and CDR Chairman, the three-day forum's goal is to offer new perspectives on the history of the UAE based on latest archaeological, historical and academic research. ...  >>MORE

Historic witness to RAK's defence

Posted on 21/11/2008

Dhayah Fort is the only castle standing atop a mountainous dune in the UAE, which was used by ancient tribes as an armed zone to ward off invaders. Historic records on the Dhayah Fort clearly show that it has been used by guerrillas that fought the invaders. The fort can accommodate limited numbers of people, but it proved historically and militarily successful in facing the invaders. Emirati historians said many historic books have been prepared on the Dhayah Fort, which was the last ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches Bastakiya revival project

Posted on 25/05/2008

Dubai has launched a project to revive Al Bastakiya district, one of the most historic landmarks in the emirate. President of Dubai Event Management Corporation (DEMC) Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday announced that the Corporation had been mandated to revive the district under the directive of the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. "The project is in line with the vision of the ...  >>MORE

Documentary on UAE history goes on show

Posted on 04/05/2008

A documentary featuring the UAE history was screened here last night at the Emirates Palace. Premised on the archaeological discoveries spanning back to 150,000 years, the film chronologically depicts the development of the UAE society from time immemorial to the present day. The film was screened in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research along with a number of officials, intellectuals, academicians and media personnel. Titled ...  >>MORE

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Sultan Al Qasimi: I will exert the necessary efforts to search for answers for researchers’ inquiries about Ahmed Ibn Majid


RAK history recorded in 1,600-page encyclopaedia


TCA Abu Dhabi organises First GCC Heritage and Oral History Forum


Abu Dhabi’s past a picture of natural beauty


A historical tale of two mosques


#MyDubai sparks people's imagination


Hamdan bin Mohammed launches initiative to write world's first autobiography of a city through social media


Qasr al Hosn Festival to welcome its visitors once again


Going back in time to the pearl era


Sultan sheds fresh light on history of Emirates


Emirates ID launches “Milestones in the History of the UAE” competition on Facebook


Qasr al Hosn Festival, simply an overwhelming success


Thousands catch Qasr Al Hosn grand finale


Preserving UAE's fort for the future


Qasr Al Hosn reflects themes of allegiance and belonging to the historic leadership, says Abdullah bin Zayed


Mohammed bin Zayed visits Qasr al Hosn Festival


Experts shed light on Emirati history, culture at Qasr Al Hosn Festival


Mohammed bin Zayed: United Emirates a strong fort


Thousands join national parade to Qasr Al Hosn


Qasr Al Hosn Festival to mark 250 years of Emirati history


Qasr Al Hosn Festival: something for both adults and children


Qasr Al Hosn: The start of a nation


Dreaming of the sea in Dubai


About Sharjah: A treasure house of history


Oldest, uniquely designed mosque continues to draw faithful


Tracking history across borders


Three-member team to recreate Thesiger's journey


Late Emirati poet's book reveals past


ADACH National Library joins World Digital Library


Encyclopaedia of Ajman Documents released


Fujairah Crown Prince receives family of British airman died in WW II


Memorial to World War Two plane crash unveiled


Legacy of Sheikh Zayed a beacon for new generations


Emirate to mark 100th anniversary of the death of Zayed the Great


NCDR publishes new book on UAE history


History of Al Qawasim to captivate opera audience


New archive to protect ‘memory of the nation’


Hanif opens CDR's international conference on UAE History


Historic witness to RAK's defence


Dubai launches Bastakiya revival project


Documentary on UAE history goes on show