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Thursday 29 December 2016

UAE 2016 Day 07: Mubarak Bin London Exhibition

The north wing of the courtyard at the Al Jahili Fort is devoted to a permanent exhibition of black and white photographs by the traveller Wilfred Thesiger entitled the ‘Mubarak Bin London Exhibition’.

a captivating exhibition steeped in history

which means 'Blessings from London'


Taken from Wikipedia and other sources: Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (3 June 1910 – 24 August 2003), also called Mubarak bin London (Arabic for "the blessed one of London") was an English explorer and travel writer.

Sir Thesiger is best known for two travel books: Arabian Sands (1959), which recounts his travels in the Empty Quarter of Arabia between 1945 and 1950 and describes the vanishing way of life of the Bedu; and The Marsh Arabs (1964), which is an account of the Madan, the indigenous people of the marshlands of southern Iraq.

Sir Thesiger spent five years exploring the Arabian Peninsula, but it was only in 1948, after his second crossing of the Empty Quarter, that he rode to Al Ain and met Sheikh Zayed for the first time.

The sheikh and the explorer – or Mubarak bin London, as he was known to the Bedouin – soon became friends and Sir Thesiger stayed for almost a month, hunting, riding and attending the daily “sittings” during which the sheikh, who was then the ruler’s representative in the eastern region, would arbitrate over local disputes.

Sir Thesiger recorded the experience in a series of remarkable black-and-white photographs that form part of the 71-volume Thesiger Collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.

long corridors

among Sir Tresiger's treasured photos

freedom of the desert

photo of the fort?

Sern can't get enough

among his belongings

the intrepid traveller

travelling along a desolate path

with hardly any vegetation

watching a video (and while Sern watches us)

Sern taking particular interest in this old Leica 

since he owns a Huawei P9 smartphone

that bears the Leica brand as well

long and cool corridor (both in temperature and constitution)

Brendan in action

this parts were known as the Empty Quarter back then

a strange sight: water in the desert

looking through a window through time

they look vicious

making our way out of the exhibition area

but not before one final shot

More information about the exhibition can be found here. we were off to the Al Ain Palace Museum nearby.

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