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U.S. plans ‘more prominent’ role for United Arab Emirates amid tensions with Saudis

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /AP/Susan Walsh

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States has intensified a defense dialogue with the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was focusing on expanding defense relations with the UAE amid the U.S. rift with Saudi Arabia. The officials said Washington was considering expanding the U.S. military presence in [...]

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Gulf tensions rise: UAE official claims Qatar is UAE’s ‘eighth emirate’

UAE security chief Gen. Dahi Khalfan

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar has been threatened by a Gulf Cooperation Council neighbor. The United Arab Emirates has claimed that Qatar was part of the emirates. A senior official said Qatar represented the eighth emirate of the UAE. “We must put up signs on our borders with Qatar stating: ‘You are now [...]

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Qatar report charges Saudis destabilized nations revolutionized by ‘Arab Spring’


Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been identified as destabilizing Arab states. A Qatari think tank asserted that Abu Dhabi and Riyad were trying to stop the Islamic revolt throughout the Middle East. The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies said Saudi Arabia was alarmed by [...]

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Moscow, Cairo sign $2 billion weapons deal, financed by the Saudis, UAE

Egypt's Army Chief and Defense Minister General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi (2nd L) speaks with Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (2nd R) after he arrived at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on Nov. 14, 2013.  /Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Egypt and Russia have concluded an agreement for a $2 billion weapons deal. Officials said Cairo and the Kremlin concluded three months of negotiations for the sale of Russian helicopters and air defense systems to Egypt. They said the talks focused on financial issues, including repayment terms. “All of the [...]

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UAE to deliver government documents via drones

UAE's delivery drone prototype.  /Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates plans to expand unmanned aerial vehicle operations. Officials said the UAE would expand UAV operations beyond those of the military and security forces. The officials said the Gulf Cooperation Council emirates would use unmanned aircraft, including an indigenous platform, to upgrade government services. “The UAE [...]

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UAE court ruling outlaws Muslim Brotherhood

UAE's Federal Supreme Court.  /Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has decided to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood network. A UAE security court convicted 30 defendants, 20 of them Egyptians, of membership in the outlawed Brotherhood. The court, in a verdict that could not be appealed, sentenced the 30 people to terms of up to five [...]

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Report IDs 3 Gulf states that succeeded in containing Iran-inspired uprisings


Special to WASHINGTON — Three Gulf Cooperation Council states have maintained stable relations with its large Shi’ite minority, a report aid. The American Enterprise Institute asserted that Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have avoided Shi’ite unrest believed instigated by Iran. In a report, the institute said the large Shi’ite communities have been [...]

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EU drones double surveillance area for illegal migration through the Mediterranean

Schiebel's drone helicopter, the S-100 Camcopter, is 10-feet long and weighs a little over 200 pounds when empty.  /Schiebel

Special to LONDON — The European Union plans to increase surveillance over illegal migration through a new unmanned aerial vehicle. The EU’s Frontex frontier surveillance force has demonstrated the S-100 UAV for operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The French Navy deployed the S-100, also produced in the United Arab Emirates, on the L’Adroit offshore [...]

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Happy (post-shutdown) days are here again: Obama OKs missile sales

AGM-84H SLAM-ER missile.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, ending its government shutdown, has resumed arms sales to the Middle East. The administration of President Barack Obama has approved billions of dollars worth of weapons and munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Defense Department notified Congress that the two Gulf Cooperation Council [...]

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Export commitments, shrinking supply put Gulf states in energy bind


Special to ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council faces a severe shortage of natural gas, a report said. Booz & Co. asserted that the six GCC states would be struck by a growing shortage of gas by 2015. In a report, Booz, a leading consultant, said the Gulf Arab states were struggling to [...]

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