Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Fujairah Fort

It's been ages since I last posted a picture, so here's one of Fujairah Fort in the United Arab Emirates. Fujairah, on the east coast border the Gulf of Oman, was the last of the Gulf emirates created, and unlike the others, was entirely a creature of British diplomatic activity. Under the British treaty system in the Gulf, what became British petroleum could only deal with shaykhs bound to Britain in a trucial relationship, while those shaykhs could in turn only give oil concessions to the British. As investigated by Christopher Davidson, in the early 1950's, the American company ARAMCO determined that Fujairah wasn't under the control of any of the shaykhs, and so started planning to prospect for oil in the region. Britain promptly found one Muhammad b. Hamad ash-Sharqi to rule it as an autonomous emirate and signed a treaty with him, thus locking out the Americans.

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