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Amy Adejokun
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United Arab Emirates : Discover the country's culture


Time Out Dubai, Where Dubai, Artmap Dubai


Lonely Planet Dubai (City Guide) 2010.
Frommer's Dubai and Abu Dhabi Day by Day (Frommer's Day by Day - Pocket) 2010.

United Arab Emirates : Discover the country's history

Historical dates

632: After the victory of Dibba in the Sharjah Emirate, Islam becomes the regional religion.
1761: The city of Abu Dhabi is founded by the al-Bou Falasahs Bedouins, of the al-Nahyan tribe.
1835: A truce is signed between the sheikhs of the ?Pirate Coast' and the United Kingdom.
1930: Pearl fishing, the main source of income of the UAE collapses in the face of Japanese pearl cultures.
1957: The first oil fields are discovered at sea, close to Abu Dhabi, and a year later on land.
1971: The British leave the Persian Gulf, enabling, on the 2nd December of the same year, the official creation of the United Arab Emirates as one country.
1981: The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG) comprises Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, that is to say 44% of the world oil reserves. A common defence and an economic integration of those countries in a free-trade zone is advocated.
2001: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan is re-elected for the seventh time.
2003: Dubai finishes the construction of an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree that adds 74 miles to the Emirate beaches.
2004: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan dies, and his son, sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, takes his place as president of the Emirates.

United Arab Emirates : Stay up to date on the country's holidays and events


January: Dubai Marathon.
January-February: Dubai Shopping Festival.
February: Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament.
March: Abu Dhabi Shopping Festival.
20 March 2008: Anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad
6th August: National holiday in Abu Dhabi in celebration of sheikh Zayed accession to the thrown.
November-March: Camel racing season (Thursdays and Fridays, from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm).
December: Dubai International Film Festival.
2nd December: Independence Day (National Holiday).
9th December 2008: Eid al-Adha (commemoration of Ibrahim's/Abraham's sacrifice).

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