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Thursday, June 24, 2010

"When Sharjah Ruled the Skies"

For other history buffs: with a huge new airport about to open at Jebel Ali in the UAE (Al Maktoum International Airport), The National remembers the origin of aviation in what is now the UAE in "When Sharjah Ruled the Skies."

Sharjah may not have exactly "ruled the skies," but it was an important fueling stop on Imperial Airways' route from Great Britain to India, the stopover between Basra and Karachi. In pre-oil days, Sharja was actually the most prominent of what became the UAE.

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