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Dubai Creek (03:55)


Much of the United Arab Emirates history comes from its location on the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai Creek allows for the continuance of Dubai's trading history.

Marawah Island (04:43)

In the late Stone Age, nomadic people began settling along the coastlines. A village on Marawah Island houses the oldest stone buildings in the UAE. Evidence shows people collected shellfish and fished for sharks from boats.

Stone Age Boats (02:07)

A replica of a boat found on Marawah Island matches how people in modern day Fujairah make shashas from palm trees. They tied reeds together and covered in bitumen for waterproofing.

Stone Age Diving (04:44)

Experts found a pot made by the Ubaid people in Mesopotamia on Marawah Island. Archeologists believe free divers harvested pearls in the nearby waters and traded for goods.

Bronze Age Tombs (06:18)

Tombs, like the one in Al Ain, were for the entire community. Archeologists uncovered a tomb in Tell Abraq that contained 400 residents and their treasured possessions. The discovery revealed the area's far-reaching trade in luxury goods for copper.

First Century Trade (04:09)

In the first century, Rome became the world's first superpower. Archeologists in Ed-Dur uncovered evidence that the city was an important trading hub between Rome, East Africa, India, and Sri Lanka. Romans prized pearls from the emirates.

Spread of Islam (02:54)

Islam spread to the emirates about a decade after its founding in 622 AD. Experts uncovered the remains of a mosque from the 800s AD in Jumeirah. The city thrived in the Islamic Empire.

Arabian Navigation (04:05)

Dhow ships and sailors helped expand trade in the emirates. In the 1400s, Ahmed Ibn Majid became a master of marine navigation in the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. He wrote 70 ways to navigate using the stars.

19th Century Pearl Industry (05:49)

Demand for pearls turned cities, like Jaffa, into major trading ports. Pearl trading boomed numerous times in the history of the emirates, with the last occurring in 1890. Jazirat Al Hamra is an abandoned pearl boom town.

Pearling Era (04:17)

During the era, men spent six months at sea pearl fishing. It changed the role of women in society. The pearling era ended in the 1920s when Japan discovered a way to cultivate pearls.

Credits: "Episode 2: Masters of the Ocean (History of The Emirates)" (00:58)

Credits: "Episode 2: Masters of the Ocean (History of The Emirates)"

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Episode 2: Masters of the Ocean (History of The Emirates)

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We tell the remarkable story of how ancient people here used their unique location on the Gulf to find precious resources and forge trading links around the world. From the ancient free-divers who risked their lives to harvest pearls from the sea bed, to the merchants who traded with history's greatest civilisations, from Rome to China.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL283880

Copyright date: ©2019

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