Arabic version of ‘Before the Oil’ book launched

GENEVA, 5th April 2019 (WAM) – Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN in Geneva, attended a ceremony to launch the Arabic version of ‘Before the Oil, Abu Dhabi 1954-58’, a personal memoirs book authored by Susan Hilliard.

During the ceremony, held today in Geneva, Ambassador Al Zaabi expressed appreciation to the family of Susan Hilliard for hosting the ceremony, which comes as part of the UAE’s celebrations of the ‘Year of Tolerance’.

“As we mark 2019 as the Year of Tolerance, we are excited to get the Arabic version of the book that chronicles our commitment to tolerance, initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” he said.

He continued by saying it was a pleasure to go through the book which brought back fond memories of his childhood.

Deborah, the daughter of the author, said she was proud of the honour her mother received when she received the ‘Abu Dhabi Award’ posthumously in 2015.

Susan Hilliard arrived in Abu Dhabi in 1954, along with her husband who worked then for an oil company. She wrote the book about the life in Abu Dhabi at that time

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