Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day

Images of the birth of the UAE on Dec 2, 1971 show the roots of one of the Arab world's leading lights
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The rulers of the emirates after the announcement of the Union in Dubai on Dec 2, 1971 [Image: National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR), UAE]
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The late HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and to his right side HH Sheikh Rashed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, 1971 (Image: NCDR)
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Meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union after the accession of Ras Al Khaimah in Feb 1972 (Image: NCDR)
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The late HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan checks the design of the UAE flag (Image: NCDR)
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The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Dec 02, 1971 (Image: NCDR)
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The late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Dec 02, 1971) (Image: NCDR)
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HE Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi reads the public clarification of the emergence of the UAE union, July 18, 1971 (Image: NCDR)
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The late HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers (Image: NCDR)