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Sunken treasure - 28 May 2013 
Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. 
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RTX12JOC 
August 13, 2013 
A worker immerses oysters in the water, after clearing them at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A worker immerses oysters in the water, after clearing them at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras... 
A worker immerses oysters in the water, after clearing them at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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RTX12C3C 
August 06, 2013 
A man uses a knife to extract a pearl from an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah,... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A man uses a knife to extract a pearl from an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah,... 
A man uses a knife to extract a pearl from an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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RTX12C2W 
August 06, 2013 
A man places a tiny bead inside an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A man places a tiny bead inside an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of... 
A man places a tiny bead inside an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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RTX12JOA 
August 13, 2013 
Workers prepare oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
Workers prepare oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
Workers prepare oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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RTX12JO9 
August 13, 2013 
Workers prepare oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
Workers prepare oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
Workers prepare oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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RTX12JO7 
August 13, 2013 
Mohammed al-Suwaidi, marketing manager at RAK Pearls, extracts the pearl from an oyster at RAK's oyster... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
Mohammed al-Suwaidi, marketing manager at RAK Pearls, extracts the pearl from an oyster at RAK's oyster... 
Mohammed al-Suwaidi, marketing manager at RAK Pearls, extracts the pearl from an oyster at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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RTX12JO5 
August 13, 2013 
A worker displays oysters before immersing them in the water, after clearing them at RAK's oyster farm... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A worker displays oysters before immersing them in the water, after clearing them at RAK's oyster farm... 
A worker displays oysters before immersing them in the water, after clearing them at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah 
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RTX12JO4 
August 13, 2013 
Mohammed al-Suwaidi, marketing manager at RAK Pearls, displays pearl jewellery at RAK's oyster farm off... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
Mohammed al-Suwaidi, marketing manager at RAK Pearls, displays pearl jewellery at RAK's oyster farm off... 
Mohammed al-Suwaidi, marketing manager at RAK Pearls, displays pearl jewellery at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah 
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RTX12C3J 
August 06, 2013 
An Emirate man displays a rosary made from pearls at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah,... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
An Emirate man displays a rosary made from pearls at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah,... 
An Emirate man displays a rosary made from pearls at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
EMIRATES-PEARLS/
RTX12C3E 
August 06, 2013 
A man displays a pearl at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A man displays a pearl at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
A man displays a pearl at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
EMIRATES-PEARLS/
RTX12C32 
August 06, 2013 
A man prepares oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A man prepares oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
A man prepares oysters at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
EMIRATES-PEARLS/
RTX12C1L 
August 06, 2013 
A man displays a pearl at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates... 
RAS AL KAIMAH, United Arab Emirates 
A man displays a pearl at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah 
A man displays a pearl at RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2013. Abdulla al-Suwaidi dreamed of reviving a long-lost part of Middle Eastern culture when he seeded his first oyster with a tiny bead and placed it in the warm waters of the Gulf in 2004. Almost a decade later, the co-founder and vice-chairman of RAK Pearls is finally seeing the fruits of his labours with the first auction of cultured pearls from RAK's oyster farm off the coast of Ras Al Kaimah. RAK Pearls, the region's only cultured pearl producer, now has some 40,000 oysters bedded down in the Gulf's briny waters and in June the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCC) held an exclusive auction for some of its produce. Picture taken May 28, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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