United Arab Emirates. United Arab Emirates leader since
the country was founded in 1971, Zayid ibn Sultan Al Nahyan,
86, died on November 2. He was succeeded to the throne by
his eldest son, Khalifa ibn Zayid Al Nahyan. The change of
throne was completely undramatic.
CountryAAH, the total population in United Arab Emirates is 9,890,413 people in 2020.
The United Arab Emirates got its first female minister at
the end of October-November, when US-trained IT expert Lubna
al-Qasimi was appointed Minister of Finance and Planning.
On February 10, 43 people were killed when an Iranian
passenger plane crashed in connection with the landing at
Sharjah airport. Most of those killed were Iranians, Indians
As a satellite to Saudi Arabia, in March 2015, the UAE
joined the sheep war against Yemen. The UAE carried out air
strikes on Yemen and, together with Saudi Arabia, committed
serious war crimes. Since the sheep had the backing of the
United States, the UN was relegated to the role of the
spectator. In September, more than 50 soldiers from the UAE
and Bahrain were killed at a weapons depot in Yemen as this
burst into the air.
In February 2016, the country followed in Saudi Arabia's
footsteps, threatening to send troops to Syria as a result
of the Syrian regime's enhanced military offensive against
IS, al-Nusra and other armed resistance groups.
In August 2016, the UAE authorities agreed to accept 15
prisoners from the US concentration camp in Guantanamo.
In 2016, the authorities continued to reject visits from
the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other human rights
experts. The regime continued its persecution of national
and foreign journalists accused of spreading "fake news". In
August, the security service attempted to hack into human
rights activist Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone. The advanced hacker
software was provided by the Israeli company NSO. The regime
continued to commit serious crimes against humanity as part
of the Saudi-led war against Yemen.
Denmark actively supports the suppression of human rights
in the UAE. In 2016-17, Dagbladet Information could reveal
that the Danish Ministry of Business had granted export
authorization for advanced monitoring equipment from the
Nørresundby company BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. The
permit was for exports to the dictatorial states of Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Morocco and Algeria. The advanced
electronic equipment was used to monitor and persecute
journalists, human rights activists and oppositionists. Even
before the Arab Spring of 2011, BAE's predecessor, ETI, had
provided monitoring equipment to the Ben Ali dictatorship in
Tunisia. (Theme series on Danish exports of monitoring
technology, Information 2016-17)
Thousands of Danes live as ex-pats in the UAE - most in
Dubai and almost all unaware of conditions in the
dictatorship. Both the US and the EU have close relations to
the dictatorship and refrain from any criticism of the
conditions in the country.