About Liwa Journal

"Liwa" is a refereed academic journal dedicated to the study of the history, archeology and heritage of the United Arab Emirates and the Arabian Gulf Region. This journal is published on the internet as well as in print form by the National Archives in the United Arab Emirates. We welcome contributions in both English and Arabic. All material should be sent as an e-mail attachment to the managing editor at liwa@na.ae. Please refer to "instructions to authors" regarding formatting and the style in which manuscripts be submitted. 

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H.E. Dr. Abdulla Alraisi

Director General of the National Archives


H.E. Abdulla Majed Al Ali

Executive Director of the National Archives

Managing Editor 
L. Usra Soffan, Ph.D.  

Editorial Board 

Dr. Jayanti Maitra

Prof. Gregory Iverson

Mr. Farhan Al Marzooqi

Mr. Saeed Al Suwaidi

Editorial Secretary and Member 

Mrs. Nouf Salem Al Junaibi 

Design & Layout 
Mr. Makkai Noordheen

Invitation for Articles:

Liwa the refereed bi-annual (June and December) historical journal of the National Archives, invites the submission of scholarly articles and book reviews in English and Arabic on archaeology, history, heritage and oral history of the UAE in particular and the Arabian Gulf region in general..

Article Submission Guidelines:

1. Articles in English should be unpublished original research studies based on authentic source materials.

2. Papers must be computer typed in Microsoft Word format, and all original photos used should be attached as separate JPEG or TIFF files (not only inserted in the word document).

3. Manuscripts must not exceed 7,000 words including captioned illustrations, references, maps, tables and appendices.

4. Manuscripts should be accompanied by a short abstract not exceeding 500 words clearly stating the research objective and methodology and should appear on the first page.

5. References should be cited at the end of the article in the same numerical order as in the main text and should cite the last name of the author first.

6. Attached with the paper should be a one-page brief CV of the author including full name, postal address, telephone contacts, and e-mail.

7. All articles accepted are subject to peer review and editing as per the rules of the Liwa Editorial Board.

8. Book reviews of recently published books on the history and heritage of the UAE and the Gulf region must not exceed 2000 words.

9. Contributors of articles and book reviews will be duly rewarded with an honorarium.

10. Authors will be sent five copies of the issue in which their article appears.

11. The deadlines for submission of articles are April for the June issue and October for the December issue.  

12. The National Archives will retain copyright ownership of all the articles published in Liwa.


All editorial communications should be addressed to:

LIWA Journal Editorial Secretary

National Archives

Ministry of Presidential Affairs

P.O. Box 5884

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates                                    

For other information:

Tel: +971-2-4183-524

Fax: +971-2-4445811

Email: liwa@na.ae

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