United Arab Emirates events

  • Federation formed.

    After freedom from Britain, Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujayrah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Qaywayn come together as the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sheikh Zayed Bin-Sultan Al Nuhayyan govern the union.
  • Formation of the United Arab Emirates

    A year later, Ras al Khaimah became the last emirate to join. The ruler of each emirate is permitted to cast a vote in the Supreme Council of Rulers, and each emirate is included in the national assembly. Also, it was decided that the Federation's Constitution would only be in effect for a short duration of five years before being replaced with a longer-lasting treaty.
  • Women's role in society

    The position of women in society has been restored with the unveiling of the new headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Women's Association. Sheikh Zayed agrees with traditional and Islamic beliefs that a woman's main duty is to raise children, but he also believes that she should have other responsibilities.
  • Coup Attempt

    Attempted coup in Sharjah. Sheikh Sultan Bin-Muhammad al-Qasimi stepped down in favor of his brother after admitting financial mishandle but is restored by the Supreme Council of Rulers.
  • Island disputed

    Government storm in the US forces state-owned Dubai Ports World to renounce control of terminals at six major American ports. Critics of the ports deal feared an expand risk of terrorist attacks, saying the UAE was home to two of the 9/11 criminals.