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 ...
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 ...