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Talk to explore themes of Trucial Scouts exhibition
By a Staff Reporter March 02, 2018
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ABU DHABI: Organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi in cooperation with the Armed Forces Museum & Military History Center, a public talk at UAE University will explore the themes represented in The Trucial Scouts: Life and Times exhibition, which was unveiled at Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain on Nov. 1 and will run until April 28.

The talk, Memoirs of a Soldier, will be led by the former scout Colonel David Nield on March 7 following a book signing session for his memoir A Soldier in Arabia.

Colonel Nield, born in 1938, was the youngest member of the Scouts when he joined and commanded the first Trucial Scouts rifle squadron to be based in Ras Al Khaimah where he formed a lasting friendship with Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. Colonel Nield moved to Ras Al Khaimah in 2013.

The exhibition celebrates the brigades’ humanitarian work and its active social role, which played a major part in the UAE’s history and heritage. The exhibition is one of the many events included in Al Ain’s annual cultural programme.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through a collection of artefacts on loan from the Armed Forces Museum & Military History Center in Abu Dhabi, all of which date back to the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. With 32 artefacts from the scouts’ military lives, including the weapons they carried, their uniforms and utensils on display, these items bring to life the daily lives of the scouts as they stayed at Al Jahili Fort.

The talk is open to all and free of cost. The talk will be held in the Auditorium, Crescent Building at UAE University on March 7 at 11am.

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