An ancient past. A vibrant future.
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The UAE's last remaining heritage pearling village.
The historic home of the Za'ab tribe, Al Jazeera Al Hamra in Ras al Khaimah provides a deeply resonant connection to the pearl diving history and cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates.
In living memory, a village of artisans, pearl divers, fishermen and traders full of the echoes of poetry, song, laughter and music that filled its once vibrant quarters.
EXPLORE THE CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES OF
AL JAZEERA AL HAMRA
An unparalled glimpse into the noble history and genuine traditional lifestyle of an Emirati pearling village.
A large number of significant heritage building remain intact in the village, including the original fortress and watchtowers, ornate residential wind tower complexes and closely-packed residential quarters, as well as three historical mosques and its central souq.
This is a truly unique opportunity to become immersed in traditional Emirati coral-beach stone architecture.
Wander through the narrow alleyways (sikka) between residential building compounds, roam through evocative courtyards and soak up intricate details of decorative design features and the intangible heritage of one of the most deeply-loved treasures of the Gulf.
Bin Dulum House
Once belonging to a captain and owner and pearling vessels, the compound features two winter houses and a summer house.
Located behind the fort, these six restored compounds provide a unique insight into the traditional living quarters in the area.
Large Friday Mosque
Formerly the only mosque in the region its excavated remains makes it the largest religious building in the area.
Built in the 1960s, the mosque shows traces of multiple storeys and modifications that predate its origins.
Masjid Bint Samikh
Serving as a focal gathering point for residents, Masjid Bint Samikh is visible from the entire pathway between the shops, located at the tail end of the souq.
Sikka A & B
Newly opened to the public, these two pathways allow visitors to stroll through Al Jazeera Al Hamra Heritage village, from the Fort to the Souq.
The round watchtower is the older part of the fortification complex, built to secure access to the former island.
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2024 Ras Al Khaimah Art Festival
February 4 - 29, 2024
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