Anyhoo, people obviously find ways to do things they can't do.Because ever since I joined the United Arab Emirates network on Facebook, I have been receiving the most hilarious messages.
The ruling Al Nahyan family decided that Sheikh Zayed should replace his brother as ruler and carry out his vision of developing the country.
On August 6, 1966, with the assistance of the British, Sheikh Zayed became the new ruler.
Parts of Abu Dhabi were settled as far back as the 3rd millennium BC and its early history fits the nomadic herding and fishing pattern typical of the broader region.
Modern Abu Dhabi traces its origins to the rise of an important tribal confederation, the Bani Yas, in the late 18th century, which also assumed control of Dubai.
With the announcement by the UK in 1968 that it would withdraw from the Persian Gulf area by 1971, Sheikh Zayed became the main driving force behind the formation of the United Arab Emirates.
After the Emirates gained independence in 1971, oil wealth continued to flow to the area and traditional mud-brick huts were rapidly replaced with banks, boutiques and modern highrises.In the early 1970s, two important developments helped the emirate achieve leaps on the path of development.The first was the establishment of the United Arab Emirates in December 1971 with Abu Dhabi as its political and administrative capital.Most dwellings in Abu Dhabi city were, at this time, constructed of palm fronds (barasti), with the wealthier families occupying mud huts.The growth of the cultured pearl industry in the first half of the twentieth century created hardship for residents of Abu Dhabi as pearls represented the largest export and main source of cash earnings.Construction related industries are the next largest contributor (10.1 per cent in 2011).