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Title:The Story of the Union Category:General Source:Dr. Maitha Al-Abdouli,2019   Description:we dedicated all wealth and petrol we have to improve the living standard of every person in the United Arab Emirates
On December the 2nd each year, the United Arab Emirates celebrates its National Day, on which the seven emirates united under one independent entity, fulfilling the dream of a people whose rulers sought solidarity under one banner.
The story of the building of the United Arab Emirates is a story of a people who have stuck to their roots and stood up to the challenges, to fulfil aspirations for unity in the spirit of cooperation and harmony. Which led to establishing a strong and solid union capable of providing a decent life for their children.
Thankfully, the Union came into being through the founding fathers and the efforts of the rulers of the UAE, after the withdrawal of the British forces from the territories of the Trucial States of the Sahel in 1968. When Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi Emirate, recognized the need for a common federal entity with strong sovereignty in international forums and capable of delivering a good life to its people. Therefore, he conducted successive meetings with the rulers of the seven emirates to combine efforts and strengthen ties to meet the aspirations of the people who shared common goals, interest and destiny. These endeavors resulted in the proclamation of the establishment of the United Arab Emirates Union on December 2, 1971. Which included six of the Trucial States with Abu Dhabi as a capital to emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah.
In recognition of his efforts, insightfulness and leadership role, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was selected as the first President of the United Arab Emirates. With His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai as Vice President. The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah however, joined the federation later on 10 February 1972.
The implantation Sheikh Zayed and his brother rulers of the emirates kindly took care of has become an actual reality and a global hub open to development and prosperity.
Thus, due to the founding fathers’ endeavors nurtured by the people's effort, the UAE is now a modern state, a key player, and an achiever that keeps pace with others for a better future...
Sheikh Zayed bin sultan Al Nahyan duly stated that:
“we dedicated all wealth and petrol we have to improve the living standard of every person in the United Arab Emirates, out of our belief that the people are the rightful owners of the wealth and that they should catch up on what they missed in order to keep up with the march of civilization and progress”.