• Short Summary

    BANKERS, CONTRACTORS AND SALESMEN ARE CONVERGING ON THE SHEIKHDOM OF ABU DHABI IN THE PERSIAN GULF WHERE THE AGEING AND UNPREDICTABLE SHEIKH SHAKHBUT WAS OVERTHROWN IN A BLOODLESS COUP BY HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, SHEIKH ZAID.

  • Description

    BANKERS, CONTRACTORS AND SALESMEN ARE CONVERGING ON THE SHEIKHDOM OF ABU DHABI IN THE PERSIAN GULF WHERE THE AGEING AND UNPREDICTABLE SHEIKH SHAKHBUT WAS OVERTHROWN IN A BLOODLESS COUP BY HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, SHEIKH ZAID. THIS IS THE FIRST FILM FROM ABU DHABI SINCE THE COUP 19 DAYS AGO.

    SHEIKH ZAID NOW RULES A TINY WORLD OF THORN BUSH AND DESERT BUT WHICH HAS OIL EXPECTED THIS YEAR TO EARN GBP25-MILLION STERLING. IN A FEW YEARS THE SHEIKHDOM'S OIL INCOME COULD BE GBP100 MILLION.

    SHEIKH ZAID HAS PROMISED HIS POPULATION OF 20,000 CONFINED TO THE CAPITAL, ABU DHABI, AND TWO INLAND OASES, A DEEP-WATER HARBOUR, AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ROADS, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS AND A MODERN DEFENCE SYSTEM.

    UNDER A TREATY WHICH INCLUDES OTHER STATES ON THE TRUCIAL COAST, BRITAIN IS BOUND TO DEFEND ABU DHABI BUT HAS NO PART IN THE SHEIKHDOM'S INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.

    SHEIKH SHAKHBUT BIN SULTAN AL NIHALYAN, WHO IS 61, HAD RULED ABU DHABI SINCE 1928. THIRTEEN OF HIS PREDECESSORS ALL DIED AT THE HANDS OF ASSASSINS OR IN BATTLE. HE HAS FLED THE 26-SQUARE MILE (65 SQUARE KILOMETRES) SHEIKHDOM, ONE OF THE EIGHT BRITISH-PROTECTED TRUCIAL STATES, AND NO LONGER IS ONE OF THE RICHEST MEN IN THE WORLD.

    SHEIKH ZAID HAS LIVED AT THE BURAIMI OASIS, SOUTH OF ABU DHABI, WHERE HE SPENT HIS SHARE OF THE REVENUE FROM OIL DISCOVERED IN 1962, ON AGRICULTURAL IMPROVEMENTS.

    NOW, AT THE AGE OF 48, SHEIKH ZAID RULES THE FOURTH LARGEST OIL PRODUCER IN THE PERSIAN GULF.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7Z6FIMG1Q7PFJAEYB60UK2I4T
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Z6FIMG1Q7PFJAEYB60UK2I4T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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