Tour Locations | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats
LOCATION 12 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats
How 2nd of December Street got its name
Carry on now, in the direction we just turned.
We’re making our way up to 2nd of December Street.
December 2nd became significant in 1971, on the date of the founding of the UAE. But the story goes back to the early 1800s. That was when the region’s sheikhdoms aligned themselves with Britain and became known as the Trucial States.
The Trucial States lasted almost 150 years – until 1968, when the British announced their withdrawal from the region. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi immediately saw an opportunity to establish a union – and with it, a new country.
He worked on this with Dubai's Sheikh Rashid, whom we’ve already introduced, and by the time the treaty with the British officially expired, on December 1st 1971, the two rulers had brought together six of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Ras Al Khaimah, the seventh, joined the following year, in February 1972.
The union was officially formed on December 2nd, 1971, and from then on, that date has been celebrated as the UAE’s National Day.
We’re actually on our way to the exact spot where the agreement that established the UAE was signed.