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    The federation of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) is five years old. The occasion was?

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    The federation of the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E) is five years old. The occasion was celebrated with a parade in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (12 December).

    SYNOPSIS: Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nhayan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, together with the rulers of other six member states of the U.A.E. arrived to watch a mass marched-past by the representatives of the federation armed forces and youth organisations.

    Sheikh Zayed, who has been President of the United Arab Emirates since its foundation five years ago, was recently re-elected for a second term in office. The celebrations marking the occasion would normally have been held on 2 December. But because they would then have coincided with the ceremonies marking the end of the Haji, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, they were postponed till Sunday (12 December).

    Last month the Supreme Council of the U.A.E. reached an agreement to strengthen federal control over internal security and withdrew the Emirates' constitutional rights on armed forces. Thus the federation has become increasingly a union rather than a loose conglomerate of individual emirates.

    The federation of the United Arab Emirates was formed on 2 December, 1971. The same day, Sheikh Zayed, as the President, signed a treaty of friendship with the United Kingdom. The Emirates, previously known as the Trucial States, have had a special relations with Britain for more than 75 years. Sheikh Zayed has been trying to get other rulers to commit themselves more firmly to the federations contribute more to its budget. Under his presidency the federation has been spending a substantial amount of money building schools and developing the U.A.E. education system.

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