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This photo of an Emirati man taken 150 years ago has recently gone viral and for very good reason and not just because it looks very, very cool.

With his long beard, huge dagger and traditional Emirati clothing, the man in the photo below looks every inch the traditional Emirati. If you’re looking for more clues, check out the scribbled writing at the bottom.

The Emirati man in the very cool photo that was recently re-discovered is none other than Sheikh Zayed the First – the grandfather and namesake of the UAE’s beloved founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He was the ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1855 until his death in 1909.

That is some seriously cool history right there!

Photo recently discovered

The photo was shared by Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, daughter of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi Ruler of Sharjah on her Instagram account.

The image was apparently taken on a naval ship in March 1866 when Sheikh Zayed was 31. And the image was rediscovered in Sheikh Sultan’s library and was too good not to share with the world.

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