I had to come to the Gulf (Trucial States
), where our Thattai Bhatia community had a long-time presence."
It's a narrative that ran through the years when the interests of the Trucial States
were managed from Calcutta and New Delhi by the bureaucrats of the British Raj.
He promptly increased contributions to the Trucial States
Development Fund and with revenues growing as oil production increased, Sheikh Zayed undertook a massive construction program, building schools, housing, hospitals and roads.
These relationships matured, and Britain eventually assumed responsibility for the defense of Oman in 1829, the Trucial States
(the present-day UAE) in 1835, Bahrain in 1861, Kuwait in 1899 and Qatar in 1916.
They are not alone, as Davidson clearly shows how the Gulf States, the former British Trucial states
UAE, along with Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait provide both financial, logistical, and media support (and evasions) for the jihadis.
The historical story of Wadi Al Helo - one of Sharjah's Unesco World Heritage -nominated cultural heritage sites - is being told using a virtual reality (VR) application developed by the management office of Sharjah: The Gateway to Trucial States
(SGTS) and American University of Sharjah (AUS).
Together with the late Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Sheikh Zayed called for a Federation that would include not only the seven Emirates that made up the Trucial States
, but also Qatar and Bahrain.
By quality, I mean a system that allows children to problem solve, to think for themselves, rather than learn by rote as we were made to do in my day when there were a handful of schools in all the UAE (then collectively known as the Trucial States
), and not a single college or university.
The first is the formation of the UAE in 1971 which saw, through the leadership of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the previously opposing seven tribal sheikhdoms of the Trucial States
come together as one, thereby creating a much stronger nation that could stand against the efforts of other countries to capitalise on their most precious resource, oil, and to develop the country for many generations to come.
It's only natural to feel affection for one's own soil which holds so many memories and, indeed, even as a young man in Dubai - then part of the Trucial States
under Britain's protection - I was proud of my roots.
This abandoned example of federalism in the South was copied by our brothers in the Gulf Arab Trucial States
, who used it in the 1970s to establish the United Arab Emirates.
From the largely desert-bound Trucial States
, the UAE has blossomed into a full-fledged country that offers its people all the amenities of life and has, at the same time, carved for itself an important role in the global community.