Image Nation Releases Comprehensive Series Documenting UAE's History
The UAE may be celebrating its 48th anniversary of its independence today, but the history of its land goes back a mind-boggling 125,000 years.
That’s how far back the latest archaeological discoveries place early human activities on what on December 2, 1971 became the United Arab Emirates.
To coincide with National Day celebrations, Abu Dhabi’s Image Image Nation have released History of the Emirates, a five-part series documenting the history of this land, from early civilisations during the Stone Age, through the Bronze Age, the dawn of Islam and all the way through to the discovery of oil and independence.
“More than a television series, History of the Emirates is a landmark event that will bring communities around the UAE together,” Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said. “The documentary spans from ancient archaeological discoveries to cutting-edge technological advances, shining a light on our remarkable heritage.”
The series combines modern footage with simulations of ancient times, with old houses, burial grounds and boats graphically recreated to what they would have looked like at the time.
Last week, a Burj Khalifa light show captivated bystanders with a preview of the documentary’s immersive content, including archaeological discoveries, pearl-diving and animated ancient landscapes.
The first episode, Society, opens the UAE’s story 125,000 years ago, following the earliest human migrations out of Africa and the birth of civilisations, as well as the beginning of the majlis system of consultation-driven governance and the UAE’s enduring belief in equality.
In episode two, Innovation, the documentary highlights how relentless innovation in fishing, farming and governance has helped the people of the UAE endure one of the world’s harshest climates for millennia.
Throughout the Trade episode, viewers see how the Emirates has been a focal point for people from across the globe for centuries, from ancient trading routes across Mleiha and Ed Dur to the modern shipping and aerial networks of the UAE.
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Episode four, Belief, explores ancient Neolithic burial practices, evidence of snake-cults and sun temple ruins, while archaeological evidence reveals that the people here have always treasured the community above the individual. The episode demonstrates the UAE’s role as a land of peaceful co-existence, looking at the rise of Islam alongside other religious practices, such as the Christian monastery of Sir Bani Yas.
Unity, the last episode, highlights the historic trend towards unity in the UAE. The documentary concludes with the origins and stories of the proud tribes of the nation over the past 200 years, and how they have adapted, evolved and eventually unified to form the United Arab Emirates in 1971.
The series has already aired on all national television channels over the last week, and will continue to be screened across the seven Emirates at special community screenings.