x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

The past is alive in the future of the seven emirates

To celebrate National Day, M presents seven stunning portraits of Emiratis, one from each emirate.

Mohammed Saeed Almansoori, 17, Abu Dhabi  Mohammed, a high school student, wears a black robe called a bisht that is common to the Sheikhs and elders. The falcon, two years old and of the Jeer Hir breed, is owned by Sheikh Mubarak bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Falconry is a prized tradition in the UAE; Sheikh Zayed said:
Mohammed Saeed Almansoori, 17, Abu Dhabi Mohammed, a high school student, wears a black robe called a bisht that is common to the Sheikhs and elders. The falcon, two years old and of the Jeer Hir breed, is owned by Sheikh Mubarak bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Falconry is a prized tradition in the UAE; Sheikh Zayed said: "Falconry is a sport that teaches endurance, strength and patience."

To celebrate National Day, M presents seven stunning portraits of Emiratis, one from each emirate. The UAE may be only four decades old, but its people are the product of centuries-old traditions that are still very much alive today. In these pictures you will see emblems that reflect the heritage of the nation, from the falcon to the camel stick to intricate embroidery that can tell you where a person comes from. As the UAE turns 39, here is a rare insight into its proud and handsome people

By Bushra Alkaff al Hashemi | Photographs by Tina Chang