The UAE is one of the youngest countries in the world, and one of the fastest developing. Human occupation is believed to have existed here as far back as 7500 years ago.
Community living has been recorded as early as 3000 BC from the graves found around Jebel Hafeet. Islam arrived to the region through the envoys of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and soon the entire Gulf region came under the shade of Islam.
Arab tribes had settled in the coastal towns of the Arabian Gulf with pearl trade being the mainstay through the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In 1930's, oil exploration started in Abu Dhabi, heralding a new era in the history of the region with the onset of the oil boom.
After the withdrawal of the British, the Trucial States were brought under one banner under the able and visionary leadership of the ruler of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on December 2, 1971. A country based on the Islamic principles of unity, peace and tolerance was born.
In just three eventful decades, Abu Dhabi has risen from a simple Bedouin settlement to one of the richest cities in the world, home to more than 100 nationalities from around the world, and one of the most promising business and travel destinations.
While many modern cities lose their true spirit in the rush for urban development, Abu Dhabi's leaders have always placed great value on preserving its heritage and culture while embracing modernity.
As Abu Dhabi's Plan 2030 guides the transformation of Abu Dhabi into a thriving global hub of art, culture, and sophistication – we at Arabian Nights see ourselves playing an important role in shaping the future of our city and our nation as its leading travel operator welcoming guests to the heart of modern Arabia.