Walking Through The History Of The UAE


The UAE has, over the past 51 years, established itself in many areas, as one of the leading countries in the world.

The country went from sandy deserts to one of the most advanced and technology-forward countries, in a span of five decades.

As the 51st UAE National Day approaches, it is always a good time to look towards the great leaders of the country and the effort put into making the country one of the best places to live in.

From being recognised as a global hub for all things tourism and trade, to being home to some of the most iconic and memorable landmarks, the UAE is a prime example of growth in the right direction.

However, before the UAE came together as one, all the Emirates, namely, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, were known as Trucial States.

The Trucial States were various Sheikhdoms that signed protective rights with the British government from 1820 to 1892.

In 1958, oil was found at Umm Shaif, under an old pearling bed in the Persian Gulf, and as trade in oil increased, more revenue came in, which led to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the nation, building roads, houses, schools and hospitals, intending to improve the lives of the people.

The British government, as it could no longer govern them, decided in the 1960s to withdraw from the Trucial States.

Initially set to be a federation of nine Emirates, the Sheikhdoms were set to include Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Bahrain and Qatar.

With Bahrain and Qatar deciding to get independence and form separate countries, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah joined together and signed the founding treaty of the UAE.

Ras Al Khaimah was not a part of the union signed on 2 December 1971 and joined in February 1972.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was then appointed as the first President of the United Arab Emirates.

The UAE is now one of the most highly decorated countries in the world and is looked to as an example of growth.

This National Day, while celebrating, let us look back to the past and appreciate the milestones the UAE has succeeded in achieving over 51 years and look towards a bright future.

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