Records suggest that Dubai was a leading trading post way back in 2000B.C. In the Bronze Age, Dubai was occupied by the Magan Civilization, and it was the connecting port between Mesopotamia and Oman. In 224 B.C. the Persian rulers had taken over Dubai Creek but they were soon followed by the Umayyads of Saudi Arabia. This is when Islam was introduced.


3000 B.C. was witness to a number of changes and rulers who brought forth their own culture. After the Arabs, came the Mongols who were followed by the Ottomons. Islam had come to stay.


The eight century saw Dubai strengtheneing its position as it became a major connecting point between the east and the west . . . especially between China and Persia, who were then in the process of trading silk and pearls respectively.


In 1830, the Maktoum family brought great commercial success, when Dubai was taken over by the Bani Yas tribe. This attracted traders from India and Iran, who found this a lucrative place in which to settle. But still, till 1971 Dubai was a part of the British Empire and trade was thriving and on an upward swing. When the British withdrew in the same year, the federation of the United Arab Emirates was formed along with Sharjah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah, Umm_Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah. This is U.A.E. as we know it today.