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Hunting near Al-Ain
This 1965 photograph, taken near Al-Ain, a desert oasis located approximately 160 kilometers east of the city of Abu Dhabi in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, shows two huntsmen with a dead gazelle and their falcon. Arab peoples traditionally have hunted the gazelle, and the name Abu Dhabi literally means “father of the gazelle” in Arabic. Falconry is both a sport and a means of hunting for food that developed over centuries in the Arab world and elsewhere. Known as the “sport of shaykhs,” falconry was inscribed on the UNESCO ...
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Mosque in Al-Ain
This 1963 photograph shows an early example of a mosque and its minaret in Al-Ain, a desert oasis located approximately 160 kilometers east of the city of Abu Dhabi in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Al-Ain (“the spring” in Arabic) takes its name from the abundant supply of underground fresh water that has been used for centuries to irrigate date groves and small farms. The photograph is from the Colonel Edward "Tug" Bearby Wilson Collection in the National Library, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, and was taken by ...
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Shaykh Zayed with Others at Defence Force Display
This 1962 photograph shows Shaykh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan (1918–2004), his brother, Shaykh Khalid, and foreign advisers watching a display of the Abu Dhabi defense forces. Shaykh Zayed, the youngest son of Shaykh Sultan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, became the ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966. Abu Dhabi was at that time one of the Trucial States, so-named in reference to the 19th-century truce between Great Britain and the local shaykhs who were the hereditary rulers of territories bordering Saudi Arabia on the west and Oman on the ...
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Two Young Men with Horses Preparing for Shaykh Zayed's Wedding
This 1962 photograph, taken near Al-Ain, a desert oasis located approximately 160 kilometers east of the city of Abu Dhabi in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, shows two young men with horses preparing for the wedding of Shaykh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan (1918–2004) to Shaykhah Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi. Shaykh Zayed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966. The photograph is from the Colonel Edward "Tug" Bearby Wilson Collection in the National Library, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, and was taken by Wilson. Colonel Tug ...
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A Falconer with His Falcon near Al-Ain
This 1965 photograph shows a huntsman with his falcon near Al-Ain, a desert oasis located approximately 160 kilometers east of the city of Abu Dhabi in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Falconry is both a sport and a means of hunting for food that developed over centuries in the Arab world and in other countries. Known as the “sport of shaykhs,” falconry was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010. The photograph is from the Colonel Edward "Tug" Bearby Wilson Collection in ...
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People Celebrating Shaykh Zayed's Wedding
This 1962 photograph shows people gathering in Al-Ain to celebrate the wedding of Shaykh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918–2004) to Shaykhah Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi. Shaykh Zayed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966. Al-Ain is a desert oasis located approximately 160 kilometers east of the city of Abu Dhabi in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. As the leader of Abu Dhabi, Shaykh Zayed carried out a program to develop Al-Ain through extensive investments in irrigation, reclamation of desert land, and the construction of roads and ...
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Qasr Al-Hosn, the Ruler's Fort in Abu Dhabi
This 1965 photograph shows Qasr Al-Hosn, the traditional fortress residence of the shaykhs of Abu Dhabi. Originally built as a watchtower in about 1761 by Shaykh Dhiyab bin Isa, it was expanded into a small fort in about 1793 by his son, Shaykh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab, and at that time was made the permanent residence of the ruler of Abu Dhabi. It was further expanded in the late 1930s following the influx of revenue from oil concessions, and it remained the main palace of Abu Dhabi until 1966. Seen flying ...
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A Falconer in Front of Qasr Al-Hosn, the Ruler's Fort in Abu Dhabi
This 1960s photograph shows a falconer in front of Qasr Al-Hosn, the traditional fortress residence of the shaykhs of Abu Dhabi. Originally built as a watchtower in about 1761 by Shaykh Dhiyab bin Isa, it was expanded into a small fort in about 1793 by his son, Shaykh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab, and at that time was made the permanent residence of the ruler of Abu Dhabi. It was further expanded in the late 1930s as revenue from oil concessions began to flow, and it remained the main palace of Abu ...
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The First Maqtaa Bridge under Construction
This 1968 photograph shows construction of Al-Maqtaa Bridge in Abu Dhabi. The single-span steel bridge connects the city of Abu Dhabi to the mainland. Seen in the background is the 200-year old Maqtaa watchtower, part of the Al-Maqtaa Fort, which served as a watchtower and line of defense against invasion. The fort is built in a traditional style, using wood and soft, sand-colored stone. The photograph is from the Colonel Edward "Tug" Bearby Wilson Collection in the National Library, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, and was taken by ...
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Sultan Bin Zayed I Mosque
This 1960s photograph shows the Shaykh Sultan bin Zayed I Mosque in Al-Bateen, a neighborhood of the city of Abu Dhabi. In the foreground are mahāmil, a type of fishing boat used in the Arabian Gulf. The photograph is from the Colonel Edward "Tug" Bearby Wilson Collection in the National Library, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, and was taken by Wilson. Colonel Tug Wilson (1921–2009) was a British army officer who, in the 1960s, was seconded to the government of Abu Dhabi to help build the national ...
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