Abu Dhabi

History


US Nursing: Abu Dhabi

Nurses will read that 1761 saw the Bedouin of the Bani Yas tribe make their home on the island of Abu Dhabi. At first, tribe remained at Liwa Oasis and the ruling Al-Nahyan family based itself there. However some 30 years later 1793 the family moved to Abu Dhabi which at the time was a haven for wildlife. the town expanded rapidly during the heyday of The pearl trade thrived in the late 19th century and the town expanded rapidly.
In those days Abu Dhabi’s mariners would travel as far away as East Africa to trade in dates, pearls and mangrove wood. Nurses will read that at the time the sea was Abu Dhabi’s economic lifeblood, a source of food sustenance, and earned a respect that is immortalised in the ancient sea shanties chanted as pearling and fishing crews harvested their marine treasures.
In 1892 Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed al-Nahyan (also known as Zayed the Great), agreed that the emirate would become a protectorate of Britain and it joined the Trucial States. He died in 1909, and under the five following rulers the emirate’s power and prosperity declined, principally because of the collapse of the pearling industry.
1958 saw oil discovered, and the development of modern Abu Dhabi can be began. The current ruler, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, staged a coup against his brother, then the ineffectual ruler, in 1966. Sheikh Zayed subsequently used his vast diplomatic skills to be the main player in creating the UAE and became its first president, a role he held up until his death in November 2004. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Zayed’s oldest son, became ruler of Abu Dhabi and was elected President of the UAE soon after.