Former fishing and pearling community is an excellent candidate for preservation with digital media technologies

 

 

Al Jazeera Al Hamra, a former coastal village in southern Ras Al Khaimah that was abandoned prior to the formation of the United Arab Emirates, is considered one of the last traditional towns in the country. Once an active fishing and pearl diving community primarily inhabited by the the Al Zaabi tribe, Jazeera Al Hamra consists of a hisn (fort), several mosques, a souq and over a 100 houses including a wind tower home—many of which are constructed of coral, shell stone and plaster.

As the buildings continue to decay due to a dire lack of attention, not only does the architecture need to be documented and mapped, but also the stories and traditions of the people who once lived there needs to be recorded. Creating a virtual museum, which documents both the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Jazeera Al Hamra enables a record of the past for future generations.

 

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