UAE was formed with a dream of creating a federation of emirates. Dubai’s evolution to what it is today began in the year 1830, when the Maktoum family took over reigns of the emirate.
Through the years that followed, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is recognized as the ‘Father of the Nation’ and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum charted the visions of Dubai with a dream of creating a confederation of emirates in the region.
This dream became a reality in the year 1971 when all seven emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah merged to form the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Zayed was the first president of the UAE (1971 – 2004) and it was his visions, philosophies and perseverance that helped establish UAE as a country with global reach and significance.
Dubai is a dynamic international business centre. In 1894, foreign traders were exempted from taxes paving way for local merchants to sell items like pearls, fish, spices and dates. The liberal attitude of the rulers and safe trade practices attracted Indian and Persian traders into the UAE.
Oil was discovered in the year 1966. The revenue generated from oil exports was used for infrastructural development such as schools, hospitals, roads, telecommunications, airports, etc.
Even though Islamic culture is followed, Dubai is very welcoming to people of all cultures and religions. In today’s modern world, Dubai can be described as a cultural melting pot with over 200 nationalities in the labor market.
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St. James Hall, Holy Trinity
St. Paul's Hall,
Holy Trinity Church, Dubai
Community Hall, St. Andrew's
Church, Abu Dhabi