People of Ras Al Khaimah is an important book.
This photography book documents the stories of the people who shaped Ras Al Khaimah’s great economic, political and social transformation in the second half of the twentieth century.
The accounts here show what this transformation meant in human terms.
In their own words and accompanied by over 100 stunning photographs, it features more than 50 portraits and oral histories of the Emiratis and immigrants who call the Emirate home.
They came together to create a warm and welcoming society in the open spaces in the north of the United Arab Emirates. Anna Zacharias and Jeff Topping spent three years talking to residents, teasing out their personal stories and photographing them at work and play in all their diverse backgrounds.
The National Newspaper –
‘Love at last sight’: telling the stories of the people of Ras Al Khaimah
How a love affair with the northern emirate turned into a dazzling book telling the stories of many of its most remarkable residents. Read more.
Dr Gary Evan Day –
I recently had the pleasure to pick up this book and found it to be a wonderful literary surprise. Most books of this nature highlight places, buildings and locations but this book explores the rich history of the emirate through its people. Each vignette provides an insight into the daily lives of those that make this northern emirate a gem for both residents and visitors. The author does a great job at taking the reader on an intimate journey that transports you into the lives of a number of well-known and respected characters across Ras Al Khaimah. The book is wonderfully illustrated with some fantastic field photography that adds extra texture and context to the individual personal accounts. The vivid images perfectly harmonizes with the personal narratives creating a marvelous visual and written account of humanity in the emirate.
For me this book serves a number important purposes. Firstly it is a fantastic coffee table book that will undoubtedly spark a number of conversations. Additionally, the People of Ras Al Khaimah is a great gift for those wanting to know more about this amazing and often overlooked and underappreciated emirate. The book therefore serves as a great tourist promotion for the region that highlights there is more to the United Arab Emirates than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Finally, the book serves as an important historical text that captures in time a number of local well known characters as well as disappearing activities, traditions and stories that are peculiar to the Emirate. The People of Ras Al Khaimah is certainly worth the purchase and is a must have at home to perfectly illustrate the incredible Emirate I live and work in as well as a great gift to send to family and friends overseas. There will be one winging its way to Australia shortly.