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.
According to 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 and Egyptians.
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.