United Arab Emirates

(UAE) Imarat al-Arabiya al-Muttahida
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


In the 3rd millennium BC a culture known as Umm al-Nar developed in modern-day Abu Dhabi, its influence spreading inland and along the coast of Oman. There was trade with the Mesopotamian civilization and the Indus culture, centring on the export of copper from the Hajar mountains. The coastal areas of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman came under Sassanian (Persian) influence from the 4th century AD until the early 7th century when the Islamic era began. After the death of the Prophet Muhammad, tribes in the Dibba region along the eastern coast rebelled before Islamic forces won a decisive battle in AD 632.


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Further Reading

  1. Clements, F. A., United Arab Emirates. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), (rev. ed.) 1998Google Scholar
  2. Vine, P. and Al Abed, I., United Arab Emirates: A New Perspective. Trident Press, Naples, Florida, 2001Google Scholar

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