Saturday, December 01, 2007

Mubarak, UAE

National Day tomorrow marks 36 years of the UAE, which I've read is the longest-lasting federation in the Arab world.
I first moved to Dubai six years after the original six emirates joined together, and in those days the feeling was still largely that it was very much individual emirates in a loose federation.
In Dubai it was rare to see the country's flag, Dubai's own red & white flag was very much more in evidence, as you can see from this 1977 photo of dhows on the Creek...

The unified country has come a long, long way since then.

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