United Arab Emirates. What the United Arab Emirates as well as the other states south of the Persian Gulf especially want to see in the region is stability. As a result, frustration grew over US politics during the year, which according to United Arab Emirates head of state Zayid ibn Sultan Al Nahyan was unfair to both Iraqis and Palestinians and could therefore cause riots in the Arab world. According to Countryaah, the capital of United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. Sheikh said in an interview in June that he felt that sanctions on Iraq must be lifted and that the deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process must be broken.
Despite criticism of the United States, the United Arab Emirates announced in May that it wanted to buy 80 US fighter aircraft worth $ 6 billion. But the US Congress hesitated to approve the deal.
Emirates buys into Israeli club
The Beitar football team in Jerusalem has a new half-owner: Hamad bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, royalty from Abu Dhabi. It is a deal that has become possible thanks to the new, ever closer contacts between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. It also attracts attention for another reason: Beitar is the only one of the top Israeli teams that has never had an Arab / Muslim player contracted. Among the team’s fans is also a hard-line clique that has made itself known for shouting anti-Muslim and anti-Arab slogans.
“Golden visa” in the fight against covid-19
The Emirates promises a ten-year “golden visa” to all doctors and specialists in infectious diseases who settle in the country (see 21 May 2019). The offer stems from the need to fight the corona pandemic.
Stricter punishment for honor killings
Honor killings based on the fact that a woman is considered to have dishonored the family must from now on be assessed as any murder. The president of the emirate has by decree approved amendments to the federal criminal law and the law of procedure, according to the news agency WAM. In practice, this means abolishing the possibility for a judge to mitigate the punishment of the person who murders a female relative. Previously, the sentences could have been between three and 15 years in prison, according to Emirati media. In future, the death penalty or life imprisonment will be imposed, unless the woman’s family agrees to a reduction, which in that case will result in at least seven years’ imprisonment for the murder.
Emirate Consulate in Western Sahara
The United Arab Emirates opens a consulate general in El Aaiún (Laayoune) in Western Sahara, which has been occupied by Morocco since 1975. No less than 15 African countries have established diplomatic missions in the disputed territory since the end of 2019, but the emirate consulate is the first to open. of an Arab. Morocco’s foreign minister expresses satisfaction and sees it as a recognition of Moroccan supremacy, while the Western Saharan liberation movement Polisario perceives the consulates as a violation of international law.