‘The Emirates: Our History’ Is Going To Be a Pilot Project in UAE Schools

On 17th April, His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, launched a new pilot project that would envisage Abu Dhabi school children learning more about the UAE’s history. The project is being started under the aegis of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The curriculum would follow the structure of the chapters of a newly published book, ‘The Emirates: Our History’, which offers an inclusive and precise historical record of the UAE.

Co-authored by archaeologist Professor Peter Magee, historian Peter Hellyer, and the chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, the book’s 17 chapters offer written and photographic understanding into the geology, politics, geography, and history of the Emirates, from the origins of the nation’s land till the recent past.

The requirement for books like ‘The Emirates: Our History’ in school curriculums is regarded to be of crucial importance. It can explain the region’s local history, draw lessons from the past, while developing a deep understanding of how previous civilizations and the ancestors of today’s Emiratis lived, beating harsh conditions and prospering through innovation of new tools and systems.

It also detects the history of the Bani Yas and Qawasim tribes, as well as the presence of colonial forces in the Gulf region during the 16th and 17th centuries. It even outlines the rule of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his role in forming the Union and its stages from 1966 to 1971.

H.H Sheikh Saif bin Zayed also inaugurated a five-part documentary series on UAE history that would be made available to the public in September. The documentary series displays “a story 125,000 years in the making”, up till the creation of the Union in 1971. The documentary discusses the most important moments in the UAE’s development journey. The documentary will be televised across all television channels in the UAE during September.