According to His Highness Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, a member of the Supreme Council and the current sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates, the city of Ras al-Khaimah was historically known as Julfar and was founded by Armenians who fled Persia during the Mongol invasion.
During the telecast, His Highness said that “Armenian Christians fled from Persia to this place called Bgelovar, which now houses the city of Ras al-Khaimah founded by the Armenians.”
Then he added that Julfar is an Armenian name, not Arab. The ruler also asked the education authorities to change the information in accordance with the facts.
The statement was published on Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi’s website (www.sheikhdrsultan.ae) in 2013.