United Arab Emirates: History

  1. 1892

    A deal between Britain and the Trucial States gives Britain control over foreign affairs and each emirate control over internal affairs.

  2. 1950s

    Oil is discovered, leading to great wealth and prosperity in the country.

  3. 1962

    Oil is exported for the first time, from Abu Dhabi.  

  4. 1971

    After the British-Trucial Sheikhdoms treaty expired, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain come together to form the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.).

  5. 1971

    The U.A.E. joins the Arab League.

  6. 1981

    The U.A.E. becomes a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

  7. 2006

    Economic changes are announced that include bringing the days of the official weekend in line with Western nations, reducing the dependence on foreign workers, and allowing laborers to form trade unions.

  8. 2009

    The U.A.E. withdraws from plans for a Gulf monetary union, limiting further economic integration in the region.


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