Monday, March 15, 2010

Al Ain National Museum #4

Welcome to the Ethnographical section of Al Ain National Museum!

The ethnographical section showcases the pre-oil history of  the United Arab Emirates. There's a collection of black and white photographs from the 1960's and a series of dioramas that illustrates the diversity of everyday life of the emaratis. I specifically liked the well that existed on the site before the museum was built and the way they presented the relics from the past which exhibits the fascinating culture and traditions of the emaratis. The collection of the weaponry is also superb, I specifically liked the khanjars and saifs. It was amazing to see the old women accessories and I can't help but compare with the emarati women of today's generation.

One thing that I really appreciated was the sitting area located just before the other section. There's a big screen television and they're featuring some videos of the past which explains the culture and traditions of the emarati people. Tourists can appreciate it so well because it is presented in English language. I met some tourists from Austria, Australia, London, France, New Zealand, Monaco and America. Almost all of them enjoyed their visit.
(please click the images to enlarge)
black and white photographs from the 1960's

15 meters deep well (lower right corner of the photo)

a wooden tool used for weaving

left: old things that they used in education
right: circumcision instruments

 left:: different types of feeders used for giving water, medicine and milk
right: old jewelries

Left: The flag of UAE carried to the moon aboard Spacecraft America during the Apollo XVII mission in December 7-19,1972, presented to the people of the United Arab Emirates from the people of the United States of America  by Richard Nixon on 1973. The crystal object with a fragment is a portion of rock from the Taurus Littrow Valley of the Moon. It was given as a symbol of unity and carries the hope for world peace of the American.

Right: An Aiba used by the people in the eastern province for keeping their daily life needs during their nomadic activities and a Diri used by the women in keeping their cosmetics.

old farming tools


old women accessories

household items used mainly for cooking

 yours truly holding an old arabic tea pot called dellah

Actually, there are still a lot of photos that I can incorporate here but I've decided to post the old stuff because some looks new especially the ones that I saw in one small wing which contain gifts presented to the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

That's all for the ethnographical section of the museum. Hope you like it. Last but not the least is the Archeological Section of the museum and it will be posted the day after tomorrow. It will be the last part of the series...whew! Click here to see the previous posts.

Note: the information provided for each images posted herein were taken during the guided tour and some are available in the brochures too.

Am linking this post to My World Tuesday hosted by Klaus with team members Slyvia, Wren, Sandy and Fishing Guy. Thank you.

Word of the day:  jadid or jadeed is the arabic word for new . Salaam to all!


  1. Misalyn thanks so much for sharing these. So informative post through your pictures.
    Wishing you a happy week!

  2. A wonderful and informative post as always, Misalyn! Always love your photos and these are terrific! A lovely look at your world! Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week!


  3. Another very interesting post!
    Very informative...

  4. How much can one learn from old tools and artifacts..
    Thanks for sharing..

  5. Museums are always cool! Thanks for the tag along!

  6. excellent post sis,very imformative...thanks for bringing us your world in Al ain...

    enjoy your vacation!


  7. i always enjoy visiting museums. this one looks real interesting. :)


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