History of United Arab Emirates: Independence

History of United Arab Emirates: Independence Last updated on Sunday 16th May 2010

The United Arab Emirates became fully independent on 2 December 1971, although Ras al-Khaimah did not join until 1972.

From that time, it has attracted attention -- first because of its oil reserves and its strategic location but now in addition to those, because of its programme of economic and social development. In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the UAE has witnessed the creation of a truly modern welfare state. Education, health care and social services are available to all citizens.

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