Considered to be one of the foremost authorities on the history of the United Arab Emirates, from the days when it was a number of sheikhdoms called the Trucial States, Dr Frauke Heard-Bey is a historian and political scientist whose area of expertise is the social and political developments of the Gulf over four decades. Of great interest to her is the United Arab Emirates, where she has worked for thirty-nine years at the Centre for Documentation and Research.
Born in Germany in 1941, she studied History, Political Science and English at Heidelberg University and continued her studies at the ‘Freie Universitat’ of West Berlin, where she graduated with a Ph.D. in 1967.
Her first book Hauptstadt und Staatsumwälzung Berlin 1919 was published in 1968. It dealt with the fate of Berlin during the upheavals in the wake of the First World War.
In 1967, she accompanied her British husband David Heard to Abu Dhabi. In 1969 she joined the Centre for Documentation and Research in Abu Dhabi. During her stint there, the Centre collated the most exhaustive collection of source material on the history of the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula. Dr. Heard-Bey was involved in all aspects of the Centre’s development. For more than thirty years, she has helped to shape the Centre’s activities and continues to be its link to academic institutions worldwide.
Dr Heard-Bey has written extensively about the region, as a result of amassing a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the Arabian Peninsula. She has published many articles in international journals and presented papers at conferences in Europe, the United States and the Gulf on the history, society and current situation of the region.