New book on Ras Al Khaimah (2nd Nov 2015)
The Story of the Formation of Defence Forces in the Trucial States
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).
Museum of Islamic Art recommends The Blue Jackal
Coming Soon: The Pearl Diver
First 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.