The rapid response of the civil defense teams in Ras Al Khaimah, yesterday, “Friday”, contributed to saving the Ibn Majid Association for Folklore and Rowing in Ras Al Khaimah from a disaster that almost completely destroyed the association’s holdings, after extinguishing the fire that broke out in the Coral Museum of Maritime Heritage. Which was scheduled to open today, “Saturday”, as part of the development and expansion works of the association, and investigations are currently underway, to determine the causes of the fire.
Nasser Hassan Al-Kas, Chairman of the Association’s Board of Directors, told Al-Bayan that the fire broke out in the new museum, which was scheduled to open yesterday, Saturday, in front of visitors and those interested in maritime heritage, as the final touches were being put on the museum’s holdings specialized in displaying fishing nets, oysters, shells and snails. Colorful marine life, and other collectibles, carefully collected from various beach areas.
He pointed out that the rapid response of the arrival of the civil defense teams in Ras Al Khaimah, and their professional handling, contributed to controlling the fire, which completely destroyed more than 60 paintings in the Al-Murjan Museum for Maritime Heritage, in addition to collectibles and paintings in the administration room, pointing out that the failure to connect the museum to alarms. Too early, and not to install suspended extinguishing devices, is one of the challenges that the association will take care of during the coming period.
Al-Kas added: The loss of the museum fire can be compensated, but the losses of the holdings cannot be estimated, and it is likely that the cause of the fire was an electrical short, and what helped in the spread of the fire was the amount of holdings that were made of wood and natural materials, stressing that the management of the association, began immediately. In the inventory of damages, and re-establishing a comprehensive picture of the museum, to start reassembling and manufacturing materials again, to better present them to those interested in heritage, and to include extinguishing devices and a fire alarm system, to avoid the occurrence of this incident in the future.
For his part, Ahmed Obaid Al Tunaiji, Director General of the Department of Antiquities and Museums in Ras Al Khaimah, confirmed the launch of awareness campaigns for museum owners and those interested in collecting heritage, to emphasize attention to security and safety means, which include fires and natural disasters, in cooperation with partners interested in this field, to protect heritage and collectibles that It is invaluable, stressing that the department works within the directives of the wise leadership and the government of Ras Al Khaimah.
The Ibn Majid Association for Folklore and Rowing in Ras Al Khaimah, which was established in 1984, includes 9 museums and centers specialized in Emirati heritage, including the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Museum of Maritime Heritage Hall, and the Library of the late Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, which includes a collection of Books that deal with various details about the state, emirate and Qawasim, the Tunb Documents Hall, which includes a valuable collection of documents, documents and photos, the old house, Julfar Maritime Museum, Ahmed bin Majid Sea World Museum, bin Majid Center for Manuscripts and Maritime Documents, and Dubai Hall, which includes pictures The ancient Emirati history, the Sharjah Center for Manuscripts of Ahmed bin Majid, and the Ras Al Khaimah Base.
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