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New book on Ras Al Khaimah (2nd Nov 2015)

The Story of the Formation of Defence Forces in the Trucial States

A Soldier in Arabia

A remark­able book that for the first time reveals the story of the formation of defence forces in the Trucial States will be launched at the National Museum of Ras Al Khaimah on Monday, November 2nd at 6 pm under the auspices of the Al Qasimi Foun­da­tion. The book will then be showcased at the Sharjah Inter­na­tional Book Fair with author appear­ances from November 4th.

The author is retired Lt Colonel David Neild, a Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) resident, and a quiet, unas­sum­ing man whose passion for golf and simple lifestyle is, in the best tra­di­tions of British under­state­ment, terribly deceptive. The British Officer was hired to form not one but two defence forces for the devel­op­ing Trucial States on the cusp of their becoming the modern United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Read the full release here

Museum of Islamic Art recommends The Blue Jackal

MIA recommends The Blue JackalCanadian artist Charlene Kasdorf visited the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Library this week and posed with The Blue Jackal by author Frances Gillespie, which is the children’s book she illus­trated. Charlene’s beautiful illus­tra­tions draw on ancient Islamic artwork and objects in MIA as inspi­ra­tion. There are exciting illus­tra­tions for each of the tales in the book. Several copies are available for reading in the newly revamped Children’s Library at MIA.

Coming Soon: The Pearl Diver

The Pearl Diver coverFirst published in 2003, The Pearl Diver is the story of Saeed, a six-year-old boy and his father Abdullah, one of the finest pearl divers in the Arabian Gulf.

Beau­ti­fully told and charm­ingly illus­trated, this story will appeal to readers of between six and ten, or as a picture-book for younger children.

Written by Julia Johnson — author of The Cheetah’s Tale, A Gift of the Sands, One Humpy Grumpy Camel, and A is for Arabia.

Illus­trated by Patricia Al-Fakhri — illus­tra­tor of Elvis the Camel and Fizza the Flamingo.

The Pearl Diver is a suggested resource in Hamilton Trust’s Key Stage 2 unit on stories from other cultures.