While rebuilding the fort in the early 1940s, the locals would sing to help with their tasks. Some of these traditional chants have survived to this day.
And the rope has hurt my hand
I want a wife from Dubai/Dibba
My aunt have mercy on me
Turn the ship steady, captain
Let me see the city and its people
This is not just an island (Abu Dhabi), This is a pillar of Oman
(The man is asking the captain of the ship to avoid the wind and head toward the city of Abu Dhabi that he describes as a pillar of Oman, in an expression to show pride. The phrase is taken from a poem by Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoon, the ruler from 1845-55.)