Once an instrument of military use, these daggers are now worn ornamentally during official ceremonies and celebrations. The Etihad Museum showcases a unique collection of daggers belonging to some of the Founding Fathers of the UAE.
Dagger of Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al-NuaimiEtihad Museum
Dagger of Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al-Nuaimi
This adorned Khanjar or traditional dagger belonged to the late Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al-Nuaimi – the former Ruler of the Emirate of Ajman between the years 1928 - 1981.
Consisting of several parts, this Khanjar’ has a decorated leather sheath with a knife attached to it.
The sheath’s black leather is embroidered and has decorated metallic tips at both its ends.
A leather and textile belt with metal rings is fixed to the sheath.
Dagger of Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al SharqiEtihad Museum
Dagger of Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi
This striking gold plated Khanjar belonged to the late Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi – The former Ruler of the Emirate of Fujairah between the years 1938 -1974.
This ornamental piece is made of an iron blade with a handle decorated with embossed golden metal.
It includes a sheath embroidered with golden threads stitched on red leather, with a green velvet base.
The Sheath has a gold plated metal tip, clasps and rings that complete its delicately crafted design.
Knife of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al QasimiEtihad Museum
Knife of Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi
This knife known as Al Baishak belonged to the late Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi – the former Ruler of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah between the years 1948 - 2010.
Al Baishak knives are popular in the mountainous regions of the Emirates. This knife on display at the Etihad Museum is contained within an engraved wooden sheath.
The words 'H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qasimi' are inscribed in Arabic on one side of this knife’s wooden sheath, while the other side is engraved with 3 ornamental patterned lines.
The metallic handle of the knife is decorated with linear and floral elements.