1761 can be considered the official date of the city foundation. In this year a source of the fresh water was discovered, and people from Bani Yas tribe created a protective fort around it. The spring attracted more and more people and soon a small village was created around it. All inhabitants protected the spring as water meant life. Village people earned for living mostly by procuring peals and fishing. Years passed, but they didn’t cause any serious changes in the lifestyle of the village people until a valuable deposit was discovered not far from Ras Sadr in 1958. However, this time this wasn’t a source of fresh water, but an oil field.
This deposit was one of the richest and brought large revenues to the city. Today Abu Dhabi is the capital of the wealthiest emirate, a modern megalopolis and an internationally famous tourist destination.
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