Born on April 17, 2008, The National, one of the younger citizens of the UAE, is proud to be a part of the extraordinary story of a nation that has achieved so much in so little time.

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As the English-language, daily newspaper of record, we embrace the responsibility of documenting for our readers and future generations the startling evolution of a country which is creatively outstripping its reliance on oil and whose influence on the world stage increases almost daily.

However, we are also keenly aware of the need to record and conserve the nation’s other great natural resource – the rich cultural heritage that defines what it is to be an Emirati.

This collection is taken from our coverage of this important aspect of life in the modern UAE.

Hassan Fattah
Editor, The National