RELATIONSHIP: My grandfather - Nasser Hassan Al-Kass Al-Ali
He founded the Bin Majid Society for Folklore and Rowing and was interested in collecting marine heritage. He authored several specialised books focused on Emirati folklore, such as "The Heritage of the UAE", "Fish from the UAE", and "Ras Al Khaimah Between the Past and the Present". He also participated in many television and radio interviews and cultural exhibitions locally and internationally to introduce the heritage of the UAE.
My grandfather recalls the first time he saw the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. At a traditional trades exhibition in 1995 in Casablanca in Morocco, he represented Ras Al-Khaimah and its marine heritage for 21 days.
My grandfather recalls the visit of the late Sheikh Zayed, accompanied by Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Mualla, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. He explained the various parts of the display that included clothing and equipment for seafaring and fishing.
Briefly after that, he met again with the late Sheikh Zayed in Abu Dhabi, who asked him to continue to preserve our culture. He said: "You and I, we lived our heritage, and we know it, but there will come generations that have not seen it, and they will want to know about what it was like before the formation of the UAE." He added: "We must leave something for them to learn about the heritage of their country. I ask you and others to preserve the legacy for future generations to learn about the past of their ancestors.
Proud of my grandfather for his keenness to disseminate knowledge about our heritage, and for his passion for collecting everything he finds to preserve our heritage and culture.