The United Arab Emirates came into being in 1971. Prior to that they were called the Trucial States under a treaty with Britain. In December of 1971 six of the now seven Emirates formed a nation. Bahrain and Qatar were almost involved in this federation but chose to be independent.
The first six Emirates to join the union were Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah. Ras al Khaimah joined in 1972. The Emirates were brought together by Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan who passed away in 2004. He is considered the Father of the country and you will see his countenance everywhere.
Every year on December 2nd, the country celebrates National Day. There is a tremendous build up to this day and events everywhere.
In the early 1900s, much of the economy was based on pearl diving. In the 1960s, oil was discovered and that changed everything dramatically.
The country shares borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia. Most of the country is desert and the high point is around 2000 meters.
The transition from being a desert living, pearl diving culture to a wealthy, super modern country built with oil money has been breathtaking. If you are interested, there is a book that is called, “Rags to Riches,” that details this amazing journey.
The UAE was a very special home for us for almost eight years. Our twins were born there and Aisha, our daughter has an Arabic name.
If you get a chance to visit I encourage you to do so. A fascinating mix of the old and the new.