HISTORY OF ABU DHABI

Abu Dhabi roots began from the Bani Yas tribe which settled here in 1761. Al Nahyan being the ruling family of the tribe and still the ruling family of Abu Dhabi. The Bani Yas tribe was centered in the Liwa Oasis located in the southern region of the UAE but moved to the Island of Abu Dhabi in 1793. In 1892 Zayed The Great, the ruler of the tribe agreed to be a protectorate of Britain and joined the Trucial States. During this time until the early 1900s the pearling industry in Abu Dhabi was booming. Soon the pearling industry was on steep decline and caused Abu Dhabi to search for alternate ways to fund themselves. Oil was struck in 1958 and from this moment on the development of Abu Dhabi has been swift and tremendously impressive. His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan took power in 1966 and officially became ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the UAE shortly after in 1971. He was the first president and continued his leadership until his death in 2004 and has forever left a lasting impression on the region and people of his country. To this day he is still referred to as Father of the Nation, signifying his upmost care and dedication not only to the country but the people who inhabit it.