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An ancient past. A vibrant future.

Become immersed in an authentic UAE cultural experience.

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.



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.

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2024 Ras Al Khaimah Art Festival

 February 4 - 29, 2024 

'In Motion' embodies the pandemic-induced stillness, a desire for change, and the resilience of nature. Ahead of COP-28, it encourages contemplation on our changing world, celebrates diversity, and explores the influence of motion in spheres ranging from AI to environmental activism, showcased through art and culture. The theme represents a new beginning and a chance to reimagine what’s possible for the next decade of the Festival. Find out more.

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