The United Arab Emirates are celebrating their 39th national day this month. Trucial Oman, as it was then known, became independent from their semi-colonial relationship with Britain in December 1971 and the country has since experienced some dramatic changes: its population has increased more than 30-fold from 180,226 at the time of the 1968 census to 5,671,112 in 2009, and the country has grown fabulously rich on its oil exports, which began in 1969.
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