Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE: Past, Present, and Futures

Even before the founding of the union, the people of what is now the UAE heralded rich traditions and cultures, defined by the interwoven relationship of the desert, the mountains, and the sea. From pearl diving to camel herding, from falconry to the art of gahwa, these traditions helped establish the values of family, generosity, and kindship synonymous with Emirati culture today. With the discovery of oil and expedited modernization of society, many of the countries’ cultural traditions lie in limbo, preserved in recent memory but still finding a place in the UAE of today. In this latest series, Yousef explores the past, present, and possible futures of the United Arab Emirates and its northernmost emirate, tracing the journey of its people over the generations and exploring how Emirati values and cultural traditions are evolving in modern societyRas Al Khaimah and the UAE: Past, Present, and Futures is a reflection upon heritage, identity, development, change, and nation-building in the context of the UAE’s 50th anniversary.
Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE: Past, Present, and Futureis exhibited in the Fort at Al Jazirah Al Hamra Heritage Village.
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Yousef Al Zaabi

Yousef Al Zaabi is a Ras Al Khaimah-based Emirati photographer who specializes in portraiture and street photography. He has taken part in over 40 exhibitions in the UAE and a further four abroad and has had his work published on the cover of National Geographic Arabia magazine. Yousef is a winner of the 9th Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award and the 9th Emirates Photography Competition. He is the Founder and President of the Emirates Falcons Photography Society and the Vice President of the Union of Arab Photographers.