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Originally the area was inhabited by a seafaring people who were converted to Islam in the 7th century. Later, a dissident sect, the Carmathians, established a powerful sheikdom, and its army conquered Mecca. After the sheikdom disintegrated, its people became pirates. Threatening the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman early in the 19th century, the pirates provoked the intervention of the British, who in 1820 enforced a partial truce and in 1853 a permanent truce. Thus what had been called the Pirate Coast was renamed the Trucial Coast. The British provided the nine Trucial states with protection but did not formally administer them as a colony.

 

Embassy Operation Hours

Sunday through Thursday
8:00 AM - 17:00 PM (GMT+4)
P.O. Box 4009, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tel. +971-2 414 2200
       +971-2 414 2200  
Web Site: http://uae.usembassy.gov/