David G Heard CBE studied geology and physics and arrived in Abu Dhabi in 1963 where he worked as a petroleum engineer. He has lived there ever since. He and his wife, Dr Frauke Heard-Bey, witnessed the establishment of the UAE federal state and over the years have enjoyed the friendship of many of its citizens.
His book From Pearls to Oil is an acknowledged classic, featuring never-before-published copies of letters, notes and reports, in addition to rare photographs, maps and the author’s in-depth narrative.
His new book Oil Men, Territorial Ambitions and Political Agents published in 2019, continues this story with further ground-breaking research.