Anna Zacharias is a Canadian journalist and author raised in the United Arab Emirates. She reported from the Arabian Gulf between 2008 and 2020. Her book “People of Ras Al Khaimah,” with American photojournalist Jeff Topping, documents the history of migration in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, capturing the transition from a pre-oil economy through more than 50 oral histories and portraits of Emiratis and long-term residents.
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Sea shanties provided solace and strength for sailors on merchant ships across the world. Until well into the 20th century, their haunting melodies were sung by Gulf sailors all across the Indian Ocean. Today, they are being rediscovered and adapted as a modern form of cultural expression.