In 1971, the late President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan unified seven states:
Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah,Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah into a federation. With his visionary leadership, oil wealth was used to develop the UAE into one of the world’s most open and successful economies. From the towering red dunes of the Liwa to the rich palm-filled Oasis of Al Ain, from the precipitous Hajar Mountains to the more fertile stretches of its coastal plains, the UAE is home to contrasting landscapes. The UAE today is an important player in regional and international affairs and an economic powerhouse.
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