Sunset in the city III

February 7, 2021

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Hope: Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

The nineth edition of annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) bears the Hope theme. For two monts (February 6th – April 3rd) more than 100 artists from 49 countries present their works in the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah, UAE. Main spot is Al Jazirah Al Hamra Old Town (pictured below), and two other exhibitions: at the public viewing desk of Jebel Jais and at the Open Park on Al Marjan Island.

Ξ Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival webpage

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Al Jazirah Al Hamra

A fort and abandoned (believed to be hounted) houses in Al Jazirah Al Hamra Old Town – the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

A few facts:

  • Al Jazirah Al Hamra (The Red Island) was originally a tidal island (hence the name).
  • In the early 19th century there were around 200 inhabitants (most of them pearl fishers), in the second half of 20. century: 2500.
  • At the beginning of 20th century it became the part of Ras Al Khaimah.
  • In 1968 – as a result of a dispute – most of the people moved to Abu Dhabi (and hence abandoned village).
  • Renovated Al Jazirah al Hamra Fort (and surrounding villas) hosts today the Heritage Village – a spot for art events and workshops.

Ξ Government of Ras Al Khaimah (Department of Antiquities and Museums) webpage

  • Some scenes of “6 Underground” and “War Machine” movies had been shot in Al Jazirah Al Hamra.

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