UAE's early years: scenes from a desert trading post

Tour the UAE's pearling industry, souqs and bedouin villages in these dramatic images
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During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the pearling industry thrived in the relative calm sea of this region [Image: National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR), UAE]
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A group of Seeb receiving a signal from the diver by a rope connecting its holder and the diver (Image: NCDR)
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The sea provided both income and employment to the people of the Arabian Gulf (Image: NCDR)
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Prior to the first exports of oil in 1962, the UAE economy was dominated by pearl production, fishing, agriculture, and herding (Text: www.state.gov/ Image: NCDR)
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A scene of the Liwa Oasis, 1960 (Image: NCDR)
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The residents of the region led a nomadic life (1962) (Image credit: NCDR)
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A post office in Abu Dhabi, which was established in March, 1963 (Image credit: NCDR)
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Traders in a date market (Image: NCDR)
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The old souq in Sharjah,1969 (Image: NCDR)
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Women in Abu Dhabi, March 1962 (Image: NCDR)
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UAE residents carry water to their homes, 1966 (Image: NCDR)
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Traditional date market (Image: NCDR)
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Medical facilities begin in the region (Image: NCDR)
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A school in Al Ain, 1963(Image: NCDR)
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School bus of Al Rashidiya School for boys (Image: NCDR)
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Children play at their school, 1960s (Image: NCDR)
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Emiratis were keen to take advantage of the education facilities available to them, 1960s) (Image: NCDR)
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A typical home in the UAE, before oil exports started to change the lifestyle of the region's residents (Image: NCDR)
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At the beginning of the 1960s, the first oil company teams carried out preliminary surveys and the first cargo of crude was exported from Abu Dhabi in 1962 (Image: NCDR)
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As oil revenues increased, ruler of Abu Dhabi, HH the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, undertook a massive construction programme, building schools, housing, hospitals and roads (Image: NCDR)
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Emirati culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab, and Bedouin culture (Image: NCDR)
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The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on the region's architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle are very prominent as well (Image: NCDR)
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Etiquette is an important aspect of UAE culture and tradition (Image: NCDR)
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Social life by the Union (Image: NCDR)
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Standards of healthcare are considered to be generally high in the UAE, resulting from increased government spending during strong economic years (Image: NCDR)
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An expatriate doctor treats an Emirati woman in this undated photo (Image: NCDR)
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A woman with a camel, ship of the desert (Image: NCDR)
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A view from the 1960s (Image: NCDR)
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A girl's school in Abu Dhabi, 1960s (Image: NCDR)