Memoirs of the Emirates comprises the proceedings of the 3-day seminar convened by the National Archives (NA) in Abu Dhabi in December 2010. The 27 papers presented in this seminar by Emiratis and former British officials provide a unique insight into the life and times in the Emirates during the decades of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The narratives recounted by the Emiratis, of their struggles and sacrifices that paved the path for the evolution of modern UAE, remain an inspiring legacy for generations to come. Added to their narratives, are the vivid reminiscences of British diplomats, officials and professionals who lived and served in the Emirates in a crucial era which initiated the dramatic transformation of the country. Of exceptional value to this book are the myriad vintage pictures from the personal collections of the contributors. Memoirs of the Emirates adds a new dimension to the history and heritage of this nation by bringing to light individual recollections and reminiscences that are not to be found in the official records or documents.