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History of the United Arab Emirates

Background: The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the United Kingdom control of their defense and foreign affairs in nineteenth-century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah[?], Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm al-Qaiwain[?] - merged to form the United Arab Emirates. They were joined in 1972 by Ras al-Khaimah[?].

The country's per capita GDP is not far below the GDPs of the leading West European nations. Its generosity with oil revenues and its moderate foreign policy stance have allowed it to play a vital role in the affairs of the region.

See also : United Arab Emirates

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