The United Arab Emirates were established in response to the British decision to withdraw from the Gulf by 1971. This decision, announced in 1968, had left the rulers of the emirates perplexed and alarmed. After decades of mutual suspicion and rivalry, fostered by British imperial dominance, the emirates were now obliged to seek security in federal union. This book, first published in 1987, chronicles this process which led to the establishment of the UAE and explains the circumstances which brought it about.
1. Internal and External Influences and their Impact on the Arab Emirates 1950-60 2. Oil and the Change in British Policy 3. The British Withdrawal Decision and Local, Regional and International Reactions 4. The Dubai Agreement and Talks Over the Proposed Nine-Member Union 5. Failure of Talks About the Nine-Member Union and the Success of the Seven-Member Union 6. The Federation of the Emirates and the Conflict Between the Constitutional Structure and Regional Authorities 7. Evaluation of the Economic and Social Development in the United Arab Emirates