1855 – 1909
A Community Takes Shape
In 1855, Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa, also known as Zayed the Great, united the tribes of the region. Under his rule, the region improved trade and diplomatic relations with foreign countries.
Abu Dhabi continued its immense growth under the rule of Qasr Al Hosn. Fishing remained a valuable industry for the city and by the late 1800s, the city commanded over pearling boats – the largest number in the Gulf.