These emblems appear on banknotes, coins, and stamps. Before 1971 the seven emirates were collectively known as the Trucial States, a name that originated from maritime agreements between the British and the leading sheikhs of the tribes inhabiting the southern coast between Qatar and Oman in the first half of the nineteenth century.
The economic life of the UAE depended heavily on pearl diving and sea trade in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.
The African and Iranian ethnic populations have been fully integrated as citizens.
Before 1960, the only settlements were small towns and villages. Towns have been transformed from mud-walled communities into commercial capitals integrated in the global economy.
Recently, more urban settings have exhibited decorative designs with local themes related to the national heritage.
Preservation of the urban heritage also is seen in the renovation of old forts, palaces, souks (marketplaces), and mosques.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of the seven small emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al-Qaiwain, and Fujairah, which were united as a federal state on 2 December 1971.
With the immigrant population have come restaurants offering a wide variety of ethnic foods, and fast-food restaurants have also become popular. Income is among the highest in the world, but there are large differences between the emirates, with Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah producing the most oil.Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in the world.UAE cities have been heavily influenced by the global city type.Before 1970, the local population was tiny (estimated at eighty-six thousand in 1961) and lacked most of the technical skills needed for a modern society.The commercial production of oil triggered rapid population growth as a result of an increase in the national population from improvements in diet, health care, and living standards and the importation on a large scale of mostly male foreign laborers. National Day symbolizes one of the most successful experiments in unity in the modern Arab world.