Sheikh Zayed's first state visit to India

[Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan]. Reception to Sheikh Zayed Bin Al-Nahyan President, United Arab Emirates. January 4th, 1975.

Aligarh, India, 1975.

Large original photograph. 209 x 281 mm. Mounted on original printed card backboard, ca. 335 x 420 mm.


The founding father of the UAE in India: a rare group photograph of the 1975 visit of His Highness Sheikh Zayed to the Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh. The visit entailed a generous grant of $200,000 to the AMU for setting up the Department of Petroleum Studies.

The picture shows Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan sitting next to university president Ghulam Mursil Khan (d. 2021), chancellor Hafiz Ahmad Saeed Khan (1888-1982), vice-president Wasi Ahmed Nomani, and vice-chancellor A. M. Khusro.


Rubbed around the edges, particularly near lower corners. Centre of the image still crisp and clean. Backing cardboard chipped in places; lower margin slightly waterstained.