Ras al-Khaimah (2%)
Umm al-Quwain (1%)
Abu Dhabi (31%)
Ras al-Khaimah (3%)
Umm al-Quwain (1%)
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Abu Dhabi
Sharjah International Airport (SHU), Sharjah
Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), Jebel Ali, Dubai.
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT), Ras Al Khaimah
Fujairah International Airport (FJR), Fujairah
Al Ain International Airport (AAN), Al Ain
Etihad, UAE’s national airline with a hub at Abu Dhabi airport
Air Arabia, UAE's low-cost carrier with a hub at Sharjah Airport
Flydubai, UAE's budget airline with a hub at Dubai International Airport
RAK Airlines, Ra’s al-Khaimah's flag carrier with a hub at Ra’s al-Khaimah Intl. Airport
Rotana Jet, local airline with a hub at Abu Dhabi airport
Trade with India and China expanded in the early Islamic period, with Julfar in present-day Ra’s al Khaymah as one of the leading ports. European intervention in the gulf began with the Portuguese in the early 16th century. From the mid-17th century the British and Dutch competed for domination, with Britain the winner in the late 18th century. By about 1800 the Qawasim, the ruling clans of Ash Shāriqah and Ra’s al Khaymah today, had become a maritime power in the lower gulf, attacking ships from British-ruled India. The British defeated the Qawasim navy in 1819 and in 1820 imposed the first of several treaties that created and sustained a maritime truce, giving the name Trucial States to the emirates that now form the UAE.
By 1892 the British had assumed responsibility for the states’ foreign relations and external security. The emirates remained under British protection until 1971. The British, who were principally concerned with the security of Persian Gulf maritime commerce, rarely intervened in the area’s internal affairs. The most significant results of British domination of the area were the establishment of general peace, the introduction of the Western concept of territorial states, and the creation in 1952 of the Trucial States Council to promote cooperation among the seven emirates. This council provided the basis for the Supreme Federal Council of the UAE.
In 1968 the British announced plans to withdraw before the end of 1971, and the Trucial States, Bahrain, and Qatar announced plans to federate. These plans collapsed when, as British troops withdrew from the region in September 1971, Bahrain and Qatar declared independence separately. On December 2, 1971, six of the seven Trucial States announced their unification as the United Arab Emirates. The seventh emirate, Ra's al Khaymah, joined the union in 1972.