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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

Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
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]
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
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)
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
Meeting of the Supreme Council of the Union after the accession of Ras Al Khaimah in Feb 1972 (Image: NCDR)
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
The late HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan checks the design of the UAE flag (Image: NCDR)
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Dec 02, 1971 (Image: NCDR)
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
The late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Dec 02, 1971) (Image: NCDR)
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
HE Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi reads the public clarification of the emergence of the UAE union, July 18, 1971 (Image: NCDR)
Birth of a nation: revisit the UAE's first National Day
The late HH Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers (Image: NCDR)