Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Ruler of Dubai with UK Political Agents in 1962. The Trucial States were a group of sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf. They were a British protectorate from 1820 until 1971, when they became the United Arab Emirates. #dubai
National Day; United Arab Emirates; December 2; Often celebrated through Dec. 3. The U.A.E. came into existence on Dec. 2, 1971, united 7 of the former Trucial States, previously under the suzerainty of the U.K.