The United Arab Emirates, a young nation with a rich history and important global impact, has been busy reconfiguring the focus of its well-known dynamic development. We investigate how the unique fusion of heritage, innovation, and sustainability, which defines Emirati identity today, lives in the country’s neighbourhoods both new and old, in thought-provoking architectural projects and in the pursuits of the exceptional individuals who have shared their stories, and who call the coastal shores and the rugged peaks of the seven emirates home.

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Saeed Al Madani

Emirati printmaker Saeed Al Madani’s work deals with multiple identity and in-between spaces

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Noura Alserkal

The scents and stories of the UAE inspire Emirati jewellery designer Noura Alserkal’s practice in London

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Sarah Alagroobi

London-based Emirati artist on the duality of identity that influences her creative practice

Neighbourhoods

RAK Mangroves and Mountains

For an escape outside of the city and to find peace in the natural world, Ras Al Khaimah is the place to rest your laurels

Architecture

Dreamland

The biggest water park in the whole region. It is nearly two decades old but still attracts many visitors as an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors all year round

Architecture

Ajman Museum

Fortress of Ideas. It might be the smallest emirate but Ajman is full of cultural highlights, and the Ajman Museum is just one of many hidden secrets

Neighbourhoods

Fujairah’s fish market

Fujairah’s bustling fish market is off the beaten track of the normal tourist trail, but certainly worth the effort

Architecture

Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization

The first museum of its kind in the UAE and stands as a cultural landmark of importance for both the Islamic faith and the vast history of the Islamic era