A glimpse into the UAE’s past will be revealed at Dubai Photography Exhibition


The private photography collection of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai will be unveiled for the first time duruinf the Dubai Photography Exhibition.

The collection reveals the UAE in the 50s, 60s and 70s, offering a rare visual insight into the Trucial states of the 60s and post-Union 70s when the UAE was officially formed.

Oscar Mitri_Al-Awamir Tribe

Photographed by Oscar Mitri

The above photograph is of a branch of Al-Awamir tribe that lived near the city of Al-Ain in the 1960’s had kept their old traditions and customs. One of these customs was that when a woman delivered a baby after a long time of marriage, she would use cosmetics to beautify the child such as eye liner and ear rings as an expression of long-awaited joy.

Oscar Mitri_Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum

Photographed by Oscar Mitri

The image above is of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, speaking to a journalist about his grand aspirations and projects which would go on to become a reality.

Dubai Photography Exhibition is part of designMENA‘s guide the top 10 art and design events not to miss this March. 


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