- Hidden gems of tradition
Pearl diving is an important part of the UAE’s heritage and many people do their best to keep the tradition alive. Jasim Ali Mohammad from Sharjah has devoted 30 years of his life to building a magnificent collection of pearls and traditional tools, including those used for cleaning, measuring and arranging pearls by size. Abdul Raheem Al Beloushi of Diver Sport continues to show enthusiasts how pearl diving is done. Today, pearl diving has largely been supplanted by cultured pearl farms. The industry produces billions of pearls every year while pearl divers now work in tourism. Staff photographer Atiq-Ur-Rehman takes a closer look at an ancient art.