United Arab Emirates - national flag
The flag was adopted in 1971 and is based on the Arab Revolution flag,
created by young Arabs who fought against the Turks in 1917. The green, black
and white color make up the later pan-Arab colors. To them came the red color,
which was shariffen of Mecca color. The red stripe should also be reminiscent of
the main color of the seven flags of the seven emirates.
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United Arab Emirates - History
Traces of settlement have been found from 2000-BC. near Abu Dhabi and also
Hellenistic ruins in Sharjah. In 635, the Islamic conquest of the Arabian
Peninsula was completed at the Battle of Dibba on the north coast of Fujairah.
In the 1500's. was the Persian Gulf subject of growing European interest by
the sea route around Africa had been discovered. At first the Portuguese
established themselves in the area, then the Dutch tried, but from the beginning
of the 1700's. it was clear that it was the British who were to influence the
development. Through the 1800's. the United Kingdom expanded a network of
agreements with leading sheiks throughout the Gulf region. The agreements
ensured, among other things, that the individual rulers were not allowed to
enter into agreements with other European powers without British approval.
When Britain finally had to withdraw from the Gulf in the late 1960's, the
British government initiated negotiations between the sheikhs in the southern
part of the Gulf with a view to establishing a united state, and this led to the
creation of the United Arab Emirates in December 1971. Bahrain and Qatar chose
to stay out of the new federal state.
The United Arab Emirates became a member of the Arab League and the United
Nations and in 1981 also co-founded the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
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The Emirates has undergone a development towards greater and greater
centralization in the economic and political field, but no measures have been
implemented to ensure greater participation of the population. In 1990, they
joined the international alliance against Iraq's occupation of Kuwait. Abu
Dhabiand Dubai developed their banking and finance system in the 1990's in an
attempt to attract foreign investment. For that reason, after September 11,
2001, the banks of the Emirates came under US scrutiny to allow transfers to
accounts used to finance international terrorism, and very large sums were
frozen at US request. Following the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, the United
States has decided to expand its bases in the United Arab Emirates and
correspondingly reduce its military presence in Saudi Arabia. Sheik Za'id, who
in 1971 had been one of the initiators of the establishment of the new state,
died in 2004 and was succeeded as president of the emirates by his son Khalifa
ibn Za'id (b. 1948).