United Arab Emirates

Formerly known as the Trucial States, the United Arab Emirates are a federation of seven individual states, all ruled by emirs.

Founded between the 7th and 8th centuries, the Trucial States granted the United Kingdom control of their defense and foreign affairs in treaties signed in the 19th century.

With British protection, acts of piracy declined allowing the pearl industry to thrive and generate income and employment to citizens along the Persian Gulf.
The pearl industry collapsed following the Second World War pushing the country into a difficult period economically, until the 1960's when the first cargo of crude oil was shipped from Abu Dhabi.

The Arab Spring protests, a pro-democratic uprising, took over much of the Middle East beginning in 2011, and continues still to this day.

The U.A.E. experienced little in the way of protests; however five activists were arrested on charges of insulting the President, Vice President, and Crown Price, and endangering national security. They were convicted and sentenced to three years in prison, but exonerated the next day by President Khalifa.
With a significant GDP, based primarily on oil, the U.A.E. plays an important role in the affairs of the Middle East.







The ancient origins of Vietnam's literature, language and culture, and the country itself, began in the north along the fringes of the Red River Delta.

The legendary Hong Bang Dynasty, the first ruling state of Vietnam, popped up around 2879 BC, and the development of wet rice cultivation and bronze casting led to the formation of the Dong Sun culture some 800 years later.

After thousands upon thousands died on both sides, and billions were spent in military expenditures, this sad, tragic war finally ended on April 30, 1975.
Two years later the remains of the South's army fell, and Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, and North and South joined together as one.

A series of free-market reforms were implemented, designed to make Vietnam more competitive in the 21st Century, and by all accounts, it's working.
A visually stunning country overflowing with interesting things to see and do, Vietnam accommodates over three million international tourists annually.
Saigon, Hanoi, the coastal regions of Nha Trang and Ha Long Bay, as well as the Marble Mountains are popular destinations.

Malaysia's food culture:
Malaysia's pluralistic society, food, etc. revealed. This collection of Chinese, Indian, Western, Malaysian indigenous ethnic foods, making dazzling variety of cuisines, freely choose.
Rice is the staple food of the people of Malaysia, but the noodles are also quite common. Chinese food from street stalls to the hotel in a small restaurant, from snacks to costly banquet, and so forth, to choose from. There are aspects of stuffed tofu snacks, shrimp noodles, char kway teow, curry noodles, broth powder, pizza, Hainanese chicken rice, clay pot chicken rice, wonton noodles, dim sum, Bak Kut Teh, Penang Laksa, a wide range.

Malaysian food spicy-based, one of the more famous foods are nasi lemak, tasty satay (chicken, beef and mutton), Malay cakes, bamboo rice, turmeric rice.

Indian food is spicy flavor dominated, the most common way to pull all kinds of tea and pancakes. There are other Indian food Charles Buddy (capati), playing worship (tapai), more than crumbs (tosei) and so on. Indian banana rice is also very famous.





Over many centuries the ancient land of Yemen proved irresistible to fortune seekers and hostile empires from far and wide. At first, from the port at Aden, the Himyarite, Minean and Sabian Kingdoms engaged in and monopolized the profitable spice trade; over time tales of potential riches spread, and invasions from Rome, Ethiopia and Persia followed. Later the Rassite (Zaydi) dynasty controlled the region until defeated by the Ottoman Turks, who then ruled from the mid-16th century until their empire collapsed in 1918.

Most recently, with the rise of the Arab Spring, protests in Yemen were widespread in early 2011. Among the demands were a change in the economic conditions and corruption, as well as a call for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Small at first, the protests quickly transformed into a massive uprising, and an assassination attempt against Saleh. By late 2011, after signing an agreement, Saleh stepped down; however protests and conflict continued and still continue to this day.

Sana, an impressive walled city, and important Islamic site, was first settled in the 1st century; and from this historic capital, Yemen is boldly moving from its ancient ways into the modern world.