The United Arab Emirates: Background information when reading Temporary People

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Temporary People

by Deepak Unnikrishnan

Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan
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The United Arab Emirates

The UAE Temporary People is set largely in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of seven states located on the Persian Gulf. Each of the seven, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qaiwan have their own local governments, which are overseen by a federal president in Abu Dhabi, the nation's capital. The current leader is Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, son of the UAE's founder and first president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Before the founding of the UAE, the area was populated by different groups of Muslim tribes, most notably the Bani Yas, but the area was plagued by pirates, which also impacted the European trade routes to India and the Far East. In 1820, the British signed a treaty of protection with local leaders, vowing to rid the area of the raiders. The territory became known as "The Trucial Sheikhdoms" at this time. The states were largely known for their pearl industry, until oil was discovered in the area in 1958. This bonanza allowed for ...

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