Forts of the UAE: Sentries with stories; Iona Stanley; Gulf News

UAE – Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas)

Some of the most fascinating aspects of the UAE s rich cultural past can be seen through the arches and doorways of its oldest structures Our Heritage Series showcases the legacy of art architecture and ambition at these painstakingly restored historic monuments.

Several decades ago, when the UAE was still known as the Trucial States, and each emirate was ruled by an independent ruler, the lives and needs of the people were very different.

In 1904, John Gordon Lorimer, an official in the Government of British India, was dispatched along with a group of researchers to study the tribal make-up of the land.

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