Beginning in the late 1940s, the British took a keen interest in expanding water resources and developing agriculture in the Trucial States (the modern-day United Arab Emirates). This article explores the ideological, political, and economic motivations driving these colonial development initiatives. Ultimately, such projects entailed a fundamental restructuring of local power relations and the displacement of traditional methods of resource management. Devised with little consideration of the region's ecology, the development schemes initiated in the mid-20th century continued to expand in the post-oil/post-federation period, contributing to the depletion of water resources and the transformation of the region's biodiversity.
Fertile Sands: Colonial Politics and the Development of Land and Water Resources in the Trucial States, Mid- to Late 20th Century
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Sabrina Joseph, Brigitte Howarth; Fertile Sands: Colonial Politics and the Development of Land and Water Resources in the Trucial States, Mid- to Late 20th Century. The Arab World Geographer 1 September 2015; 18 (3): 139–168. doi: https://doi.org/10.5555/1480-6800.18.3.139
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