Monday, 19 December 2011

Abu Dhabi Heritage Village, the way of living before the discovery of oil

About 50 years ago, before the discovery of oil, Abu Dhabi was just a small town at the border of the dessert as you can see on the black and white picture taken in the museum of the Heritage Village. This open air museum shows visitors how people lived in their wooden houses and tents. Trade and handcrafts were very important. You see demonstrations in wood carving, carpet weaving, and glass blowing. An Arabic boy proudly poses with a hawk, one of the national symbols of the United Arab Emirates. On the beach of the heritage village you see the new Abu Dhabi on the other side of the bay. What a development in five decennia.

Ongeveer 50 jaar geleden, voor de ontdekking van olie, was Abu Dhabi een kleine stad aan de rand van de woestijn zoals je kan zien op de zwart wit foto getrokken in het museum van de Heritage Village. Het open lucht museum toont bezoekers hoe mensen hier leefden in hun houten huisjes en tenten. Handel en ambachten waren zeer belangrijk. Je ziet er demonstraties van hoe men hout bewerkt, kleding en tapijten weeft, en glas blaast. Een Arabische jongen poseert fier met zijn valk, een nationaal symbool van de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten. Op het strand van Heritage Village zie je het nieuwe Abu Dhabi aan de overkant van de baai. Wat een ontwikkeling in vijf decennia..

Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
Heritage Village Abu Dhabi
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4 comments:

  1. It is so good that they have kept their history like this. It must be a culture shock for people over 50. Lovely photos. especially of the boy and his bird and your better half with the modern city and clear blue water. We touched down at Abu Dhabi on the way to Europe in the 70's. All I remember was the amazing tied mosaic buildings of the airport. But I guess that has all changed now.

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  2. Ja dat is wel een groot verschil met 50 jaar geleden. Gelukkig dat ze nog wel achterom kijken en hun cultuur in ere houden.

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  3. the camel looks to be in just the right setting here; fabulous photo; also the raptor. Thanks for sharing!

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