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From tents to tallest building: UAE’s ‘remarkable’ 50-year rise



Ehab Fouad was a teenager when he marched in the parade marking the birth of the United Arab Emirates, that has gone from desert outpost to regional powerhouse in 50 years.The retired civil engineer, now 64, vividly recalls December 2, 1971, when he proudly held aloft the photo of the oil-rich Gulf state’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, and saw its new flag for the first time.Fouad, who strode directly behind the flag-bearer, tears up when he remembers the Abu Dhabi parade…



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