Moments in History - 50th Anniversary of the United Arab Emirates

The 2 December 2021 marks 50 years of progress since the United Arab Emirates was created on 2 December 1971.  Individual Emirates have made huge progress in construction, localized projects and the social welfare of their citizens.  However, there have also been many milestones on a federal level and it is some of these that the National Library and Archives of the United Arab Emirates sets out below, year by year, in newspaper articles and photographs in celebration of this important anniversary.

During the 50th Year, the National Library and Archives will add material about events of which the Nation is proud.  The National Library and Archives would also appreciate participation from members of the public and ask you to send your contributions about personal memories, in Arabic or English, to 50yearsmemories@na.ae.  Suitable material will be added during the year of celebration with a note mentioning the name of the contributor.

Author: National Library and Archives, UAE

1971

1972

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan ahead of the inaugural meeting of the first ordinary session of Federal National Council, Abu Dhabi, 13 February 1972. © National Archives

1973

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and other Sheikhs and Rulers of the Emirates attending the graduation ceremony of the 1st batch of officers at Zayed Bin Sultan II Military College in Al Ain, 11 April 1973. © National Archives

1974

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan handing over an academic certificate and a prize to a student at Umm Ammar High School in Abu Dhabi during a ceremony held on Education Day that is being celebrated for the first time in the country, 25 May 1974. © WAM

1975

1976

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan during his inspection tour of development projects in the region of Al Wathba, accompanied by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, 9 February 1976. © National Archives

1977

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, following the inauguration of the UAE University in Al Ain, 10 November 1977. © National Archives

1978

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan accompanied by Dr. Abdul Raheem Jaafar and Khalfan Al Romi, during his visit to the new Abu Dhabi Hospital, 3 June 1978. © WAM

1979

1980

1981

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan heading the UAE delegation at the first GCC summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, 25 May 1981. © National Archives

1982

1983

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan inaugurating the Dhafra Air Base, 11 April 1983. © WAM

1984

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan inaugurating the new headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, 21 May 1984. © WAM

1985

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Prime Minister and Crown Prince of Dubai, inaugurating Emirates Airlines, 24 October 1985. © WAM

1986

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan inaugurating the meetings of the 7th session of the GCC Supreme Council, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi, 3 January 1986. © National Archives

1987

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the “Festival of the Friends of People with Special Needs”, held at the Abu Dhabi Center for Care & Rehabilitation, 21 April 1987. ©  WAM

1988

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan at the 9th graduation ceremony from the Air College at Al Dhafra Base, 5 April 1988. © National Archives

1989

1990

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan receiving scientists and specialists who participated in the World Conference on Biosaline Agriculture, in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan and Mana Saeed Al Otaiba, 14 December 1990. © National Archives

1991

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan chairing a meeting of the Federal Supreme Council, 28 October 1991. © WAM

1992

Al Ittihad Newspaper, 10 November 1992 - Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan President of the UAE, welcomes a delegation from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) headed by Mr. Crobas; the foundation awards Sheikh Zayed two medals, one in appreciation for his humanitarian initiatives aimed at assisting the victims of famine and natural disasters across the world as well his continued assistance of developing countries; and another medal in gratitude for his commendable achievements for the development and progress of the United Arab Emirates. Courtesy Al Ittihad Newspaper

1993

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX 1993), 15 February 1993. © WAM

1994

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan examining a model of the Zayed Bin Sultan II Mosque undertaken by the Department of Public Works in Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 1 March 1994. © WAM

1995

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on a field trip to Jebel Hafit, 4 July 1995. © WAM

1996

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan confers the First-Class Order of the Zayed II award to Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Mu’alla, H.H. Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Butti Al Hamed, Ahmad Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais, Qasr Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, 2 December 1996. © WAM

1997

1998

1999

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan receiving the Islamic Personality of the Year 1420 Hijri Award by the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Al Wathba Palace, Abu Dhabi, 28 December 1999. © WAM

2000

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan with Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the final camel race at Al Wathba racetrack, Abu Dhabi, 29 March 2000. © WAM

2001

2002

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum attending a military event in Rmah, 1 October 2002. © WAM

2003

2004

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan heading the UAE delegation to the 25th GCC Summit, the “Zayed Summit”, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, 21 December 2004. © WAM

2005

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan chairing the concluding meeting of the 26th GCC “Al Fahd” Summit, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, 29 December 2005. © WAM

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Al Ittihad Newspaper, 21 October 2014 – H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, attending the signing of a 7-year agreement between the UAE Space Agency and the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science & Technology regarding the construction and launch of the first Islamic Arab probe for Mars, under the Agency's supervision and financing. Courtesy Al Ittihad Newspaper

2015

2016

2017

H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan launching the UAE Centennial, 27 September 2017. © WAM

2018

H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan attending the closing of the military exercise “Guardians of the Nation”, accompanied by Lt. General Hamad Al Rumaithi, Major General Sheikh Ahmad Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan and Mohammad Al Bawardi in Al Dhafra, 8 April 2018. © WAM

2019

2020

2021