Pre-Occupations in the UAE: The Work-a-Day World before Oil


WHEN May 13-14, 2013
9 AM - 5 PM WHERE Sheraton Corniche Hotel, Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

See May 13 for companion evening event

This workshop explores the economic sectors that thrived in the Trucial Coast before the advent of oil. They include: pearling, animal husbandry and nomadism, date farming, fishing and hunting, transportation and commerce, and governance. Participants discuss the emergence of modernity in the twentieth century as an economic, political, and cultural system that affected the UAE, as it did other local indigenous communities in the world. The workshop principally seeks to uncover both the joy and the hardship of the UAE’s pre-oil society.

Convened by

Philip Kennedy Vice Provost, Institute Public Programming and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Comparative Literature, NYUAD

James Toth Special Advisor for Institute Regional ProgramsNYUAD


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Convened by
  • James Toth, Special Advisor for Regional Programs, NYUAD
  • Philip Kennedy, General Editor, Library of Arabic Literature; Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, NYUAD

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