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The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAE’s Founding Father, once said, ‘A nation that knows not its past has neither a present nor a future.’

His words reflect the importance of knowing the history of the land which we call our own. This history is important, as it helps us better understand the society in which we live; it helps citizens get a better understanding of themselves and those who came before them; and it also helps people gain appreciation of the land on which they live.

Though the UAE is a relatively new country – having only formed in 1971 – the history of the land that the UAE occupies dates back to the Neolithic Age, which is evidenced by inscriptions, drawings and archaeological finds uncovered in the seven emirates during the period from the early 1950s to the present day. This website, however, focuses on the history of the land in general, and of Ras Al Khaimah in particular, covering details about life in the region from ancient times to the modern era.

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Ras Al Khaimah History

ANCIENT HISTORY

Ras Al Khaimah’s rich past consists of over 7,000 years of continuous human activities, covering all archaeological and historical periods. A unique geographical combination of…

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DAWN OF ISLAM

Islam came to Arabia through envoys from Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) who arrived in the regionin AD630. Dibba, inpresent-day Fujairah, was the site of one of…

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EUROPEAN INTEREST IN RAS AL KHAIMAH

During the Islamic Golden Age, Muslim traders dominated commerce by land and sea – especially in the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.…

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THE QAWASIM

The waning of European power in the Gulf, along with the decline of Omani and Persian states following the Omani-Persian wars in 1720, contributed to…

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THE BEGINNINGS OF THE UAE

As the British strengthened their foothold in Arabia, they established a Political Residency in the Gulf, with the main aim of safeguarding Britain’s imperial interests…

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THE EMIRATE IN MODERN TIMES

Ras Al Khaimah’s rich history, heritage and culture can be seen in full in the other sections of this website. Its heritage also comes from…

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