The Seven Emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates is a confederation which was established as late as the 1970s. However, the history of the region itself is rich in its diversity. In the 21st century, the United Arab Emirates boasts of being a regional power and of holding some of the largest oil reserves in the world. As a result, its capital, Abu Dhabi, as well as other Emirates such as Dubai, have been the beneficiaries of rapid development and numerous travellers who visit for both business and tourism purposes. This increase in visitors have led to a rapid development in hospitality infrastructure with resorts such as Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, serviced apartments, studios and guest houses being established to meet the demand.
Once in the UAE, there is much to learn about its history. Thus, one can benefit greatly from visiting a museum in Abu Dhabi. Even though it is considered a recently established state, the Confederation collectively boasts of a historical heritage that can be traced to the Stone Age. Historical records also show that the region developed along with Mesopotamia and Christianity, prior to the spread of Islam, had taken root in the psyche of its people. However, due to the physical conditions and the unpredictable terrain, the region did not enjoy the development of a civilisation. Instead, it led to the emergence of nomadic tribes. While this ancient history provides an insight into the early people of the region, it is only towards the mid-20th century that the region developed with the discovery of oil.
This historic progression of the Emirates is fascinating – it is a story of how communities and tribes stood resolute in the face of adversity and overcame them. Therefore, those who wish to learn more about the history, culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates can visit the Zayed National Museum, or the Louvre or Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi. Others who travel around the Emirates will also benefit from a visit to the Al Ain National Museum as well.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.