Elephants in the Desert

October 21, 2020

The UAE Gambles by Normalizing Relations With Israel

September 15, 2020

In August, the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the formalization of Emirati-Israeli ties. What lies ahead?

The UAE Sees Turkey as a Threat

August 26, 2020

Throughout 2020, tensions between the UAE and Turkey have intensified. As Abu Dhabi sees it, the gravest dangers posed by state actors come from the Turkish-Qatari axis.

Why the UAE Wants Somalia in the Yemen Conflict

August 17, 2020

In late June, the United Arab Emirates asked Somalia to enter the conflict in Yemen in return for financial incentives and the reopening of a medical facility. Somalia’s instant rejection partially resulted from the strained Mogadishu-Abu Dhabi relationship. Why did the UAE initially make the...

The New Cold War in the Middle East

August 13, 2020

A new cold war between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates is playing out across the Middle East and North Africa

COVID-19 Puts the Brakes on the “World’s Fastest City”

June 15, 2020

Dubai — memorably called the world’s fastest city by author and analyst Jim Krane — was already traveling in the slow lane when COVID-19 arrived. The Gulf city-state is one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates. It had survived the crash of 2009 and thrived anew on...

Why Is Dubai So Rich?

July 22, 2019

Home to the tallest building in the world, Dubai has made a name for itself globally as a business, finance and tourism hub. CNBC looks at how it became so rich.

What Does the Future Hold for the UAE?

April 17, 2019

The UAE combines international prominence with a conscious focus on what’s best for its people and the world, says Sulaiman al-Fahim. As a business leader and property developer in the United Arab Emirates, I have seen our geographically tiny nation develop a wide global influence. To manage...

The UAE’s Torture in the Shadows

February 14, 2019

In the UAE, a young woman has been imprisoned and tortured since 2015, but no one has heard about her. As the world’s media has once again picked up on the story of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, another story is...

Yemen Crisis Spills Over into the Red Sea

July 31, 2018

The Houthi attack on a Saudi crude carrier has been interpreted as an indication that Iran may make good on its promise to disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. On July 25, Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) near the Bab-al-Mandab strait, causing Riyadh...

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