Timeline United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Seven city states (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah, Umm al Qaiwain, Ajman and Fujairah) comprise the UAR. Ajman is the smallest.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A5)
Dubai is about the size of Rhode Island.
    (SSFC, 7/24/05, p.C3)

2200 BC    In what is now Bahrain settlements and temples of the city state of Dilmun, known as the city of the gods in ancient Sumerian literature, were found by Danish archaeologists in the 1950s. A culture contemporary with the city state of Dilmun (now Bahrain) was found in 1959 on the island of Umm-an-Nar off of Abu Dhabi.
    (AM, May/Jun 97 p.48)

632-661    The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height, the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant, Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in history up until that time.

1400        From about this time Dubai became a major crossing point on int’l. trading routes in silk, pearls, spices and gold.
    (WSJ, 6/20/06, p.C12)

1846        Many Rashaida migrated from the Hejaz in present-day Saudi Arabia into what is now Sudan, Kuwait, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al-Quwain, United Arab Emirates after tribal warfare had broken out in their homeland.

1916          May 9, The Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret understanding between the governments of Britain and France, defined their respective spheres of post-World War I influence and control in the Middle East. It was signed on 16 May 1916. Italian claims were added in 1917. Britain and France carved up the Levant into an assortment of monarchies, mandates and emirates. The agreement enshrined Anglo-French imperialist ambitions at the end of WW II. Syria and Lebanon were put into the French orbit, while Britain claimed Jordan, Iraq, the Gulf states and the Palestinian Mandate. Sir Mark Sykes (d.1919 at age 39) and Francois Picot made the deal. As of 2016 the boundaries of the agreement remained in much of the common border between Syria and Iraq.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykes%E2%80%93Picot_Agreement)(WSJ, 2/27/00, p.A17)(Econ, 5/14/16, SR p.5)

1947        Jul 17, Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi (1918-2010) became the Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) when he overthrew his uncle and father-in-law Shaykh Sultan Bin Salem (or Salim) al-Qassimi in a bloodless coup d'etat. Shaykh Saqr exiled the Sultan to Sharjah. Ras al-Khaimah joined the United Arab Emirates in 1972.

1962        Abu Dhabi began exporting the oil it just discovered off its shores.
    (AP, 11/3/04)

1965        Arab states signed the Charter of Arab Honor, an Arab league ordnance designed to curb an aggressive Lebanese press and to discourage mutually hostile regimes from attacking each other.
    (SFC, 6/19/00, p.A5)

1966        Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (d.2004) became the ruler of Abu Dhabi. In 1971 he founded the United Arab Emirates.

1966        Oil discovered in Dubai (UAE) provided cash for modernization projects such as the world’s largest man-made harbor at Jebel Ali.
    (Econ, 5/29/04, p.61)

1970        Iran dropped its territorial claims on Bahrain.
    (Econ, 9/11/10, p.58)

1971        Dec 2, The British pulled out of the Trucial States (7 coastal Arab sheikhdoms that included Sharjah) in the Persian Gulf and these states formed the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah, Umm al Qaiwain, Ajman and Fujairah merged to form the new federation.
    (NG, 5/88, p.662)(HFA, '96, p.20)(SFC, 12/16/97, p.B1)(WSJ, 5/7/98, p.B16)

1971        The Shah of Iran seized the tiny island of Abu Musa as Britain abandoned its former possession in the Persian Gulf and the United Arab Emirates was being set up. The UAE later contested Iran’s claims to the island and two barely inhabited chunks of rock nearby.
    (Econ, 5/5/12, p.46)

1972        The UAE formed the Federal National Council (FNC). It had no legislative powers and was set up merely as an advisory board to the Federal Supreme Council, the country's highest governing body, made up of the emirates' rulers. Elections for half of the FNC members began in 2006.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)

1973        Nov 25, Three Palestinians hijacked a KLM B747 enroute to New Delhi to Abu Dhabi.

1973        Abu Dhabi had a massive surge in revenue following an oil-price surge.
    (WSJ, 10/21/05, p.A10)

1976        Sheik Zayed of Abu Dhabi set up the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), which invested heavily in real estate abroad. At the same time the government tightened control of property at home. By 2006 the fund had accrued an estimated $200-500 billion.
    (WSJ, 10/21/05, p.A10)(Econ, 6/10/06, p.45)

1980        The Bank of England licensed the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. BCCI imploded in 1991 under the weight of fraud.
    (Econ, 7/10/04, p.64)

1981        May 25, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918-2004), United Arab Emirates President, urged in 5 other Arab monarchies (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) to form the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The unified economic agreement between the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council was signed on 11 November 1981 in Riyadh.
    (Econ, 11/20/04, p.90)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cooperation_Council)

1984        Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, UAE) agreed on the creation of a two-brigade (10,000 troops) Peninsula Shield Force, based in Saudi Arabia near the Kuwaiti and Iraqi borders.

1985        Gulf Air, a joint venture between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, decided to cut back its services to Dubai. This prompted Dubai to launch its own airline. The Emirates Airline began in the UAE with 2 rented planes and a $10 million investment from Dubai’s ruling family under the direction of Maurice Flanagan. In 2005 the state-owned operation planned to double its 73-plane fleet. Sir Tim Clark helped set up the airline and by 2015 it was the world’s biggest carrier as measured by int’l. passenger mileage.
    (WSJ, 1/11/05, p.A1)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.75)(Econ, 11/26/16, p.63)

1988        Jul 3, The US Navy USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airbus A-300 in the Persian Gulf from the cruiser ship Vincennes shortly after it took off from Bandar Abbas for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. All 290 people aboard were killed after the crew of the Vincennes misidentified the plane as an Iranian F-14 fighter. In 1996 the US paid $131.8 million in compensation of which half would go directly to the families of the people killed. Iran filed suit in World Court in 1989 and settled out of court in Feb, 1996.
    (WSJ, 2/23/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 4/26/96, p.A-14)(AP 7/3/97)(AP, 7/03/10)

1991        Mar 4, The Bank of Credit & Commerce International divested itself of 1st American Bank. BCCI was majority owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA).
    (SC, 3/4/02)(WSJ, 10/21/05, p.A10)

1991        Jul 5, A worldwide financial scandal erupted as regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, charging it with fraud, drug money laundering and illegal infiltration into the U.S. banking system. BCCI, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, failed. It was chartered in Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands and had offices in 70 countries. The ruling family of Abu Dhabi was the major investor and faced huge liability claims from depositors around the world. In 1997 a British court convicted Pakistani shipping tycoon, Abbas Gokal -chairman of the defunct Gulf Group, of a 1.2 billion fraud that led to the collapse. Larry Gurwin later co-authored “False Profits: The Inside Story of BCCI, The World’s Most Corrupt empire."
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A9B)(WSJ, 4/4/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/5/97)(SFEC, 10/11/98, p.A2)(WSJ, 5/1/02, p.AD7)

1991        Dec 19, The failed Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) agreed to settle federal racketeering charges by forfeiting all its U.S. assets.
    (AP, 12/19/01)

1994        13 former BCCI officials were tried and 12 were convicted and sentenced to jail and terms with civil damages to $9 billion.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A9B)

1995        Dec, A Lebanese Christian man was flogged and imprisoned for marrying a Muslim citizen studying in the US. The couple married in Lebanon.
    (SFEC, 12/1/96, p.T9)

1996        The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan recognized the Taliban after they seized the Afghan capital Kabul. All three countries cut ties with the Taliban after it sheltered al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the US.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

1996        The court acquitted 2 officials in the BCCI scandal but upheld sentences against 8 and said they must pay $8.3 million in addition to the original $9 billion in civil damages.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A9B)

1997        Dec 15, A Russian Tu-154 charter flight from Tajikistan crashed 9 miles from Sharjah and 85 people were killed.
    (SFC, 12/16/97, p.B1)

1998        Jan 11, A large oil spill resulted when an oil barge ran aground. Some 4,000 tons spilled on beaches and threatened marine and bird life.
    (SFC, 1/12/98, p.A12)

1998        May 12, The UAE announced that it would buy 80 F-16s from the US for about $7 billion.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A13)

1998        Sep, In Dubai the construction of a new multi-million prison was set to begin. Crown Prince Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum conceived of the facility as a prison for 2,000 “guests" of white-collar crimes. The prison will have a gym, theater, conference center, and be equipped with internet access.
    (SFC, 7/31/98, p.D8)

2000        Feb 26, It was reported that hunters killed the last known Arabian mountain goat, known as tahr, to restore their sexual potency. The last known Arabian wold was also killed in the mountains of Ras al-Khaimah by shepherds who feared for their flocks.
    (SFC, 2/26/00, p.A8)

2000        Mar, The UAE signed a $6.4 billion contract to buy 80 Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets.
    (WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A16)

2000        Oct 16, Israel announced the kidnapping by Hizbullah of Elchanan Tannenbaum (b.1946), a colonel in Israel’s reserves. He was kidnapped in Dubai and taken to Lebanon. Tannenbaum was released in January 2004 as part of a prisoner swap with Hezbollah. The swap exchanged 435 prisoners held by Israel in return for Tannenbaum's release and the return of the bodies of 3 soldiers killed during an ambush along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
    (Econ, 9/6/08, p.99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elchanan_Tennenbaum)

2000        Dec 31, Six Persian Gulf nations (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) signed a regional defense pact.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A10)

2001        Jul 28, Jamal Beghal (36), a French-Algerian, was arrested in Dubai with a false French passport while traveling to Europe from Afghanistan. He was extradited to France in Sep 30. He told police of a plans to bomb the US Embassy in Paris on orders from Abu Zubaydah, a top bin Laden lieutenant.
    (WSJ, 10/3/01, p.A18)(SFC, 10/23/01, p.A5)

2001        Sep 9, In the UAE Mustafa Ahmed al Hissawi, an associate of Osama bin Laden, retrieved about $5,000 sent by Marwan al Shehhi, a UAE citizen believed to be the Sep 11 pilot of US Flight 175.
    (WSJ, 11/2/01, p.A13)

2001        Sep 11, The UAE emirate of Ras al Khaimah was drawn into the international fallout as the birthplace of hijacker Marwan al-Shehhi, who flew United flight 175 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
    (AP, 10/27/10)

2001        Sep 22, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut relations with Afghanistan’s Taliban government.
    (SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A14)

2001        Sep 23, The 6-member Persian "Gulf Cooperation Council" (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) met in Jidda and pledged support for an int’l. coalition against terrorism.
    (SFC, 9/24/01, p.A7)

2002        Aug 25, In the UAE the roof of a Dubai warehouse that was under construction collapsed, killing seven people and injuring 19.
    (AP, 8/26/02)

2002        Nov 18, It was reported that Dubai was constructing the $5.5 billion Palm Island resort project, scheduled for completion in 2006. The $4.9 billion Dubailand tourist city included 45 theme parks, sports centers and discovery zones.
    (WSJ, 11/18/02, p.A1)(Econ, 12/6/03, p.42)

2002        Nov 21, Al-Qaida leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the network's chief of operations in the Persian Gulf, was reported to have been captured earlier in the month. The Saudi of Yemeni descent was captured in Dubai and flown to a CIA prison in Afghanistan and then onto Thailand where he was waterboarded and interrogated. He had allegedly planned the Oct 12, 2000, attack on the US Navy destroyer Cole.
    (AP, 11/21/02)(SFC, 9/29/11, p.A2)

2002        Dubai began creating a world-class financial centre as part of its diversification into service industries before running out of oil and gas.
    (Econ, 7/10/04, p.64)
2002        Geo News, a Dubai-based Pakistani TV news channel, got its broadcasting license. It began broadcasting in November 2005 and soon became the darling of the army and religious right.
    (Econ, 5/24/14, p.36)

2003        Mar 1, The United Arab Emirates called for Saddam Hussein to step down, the first Arab country to do so publicly.
    (AP, 3/1/04)

2003          Mar 2, The United Arab Emirates won support from Kuwait and Bahrain in its call for Saddam Hussein to quit power to avert a war.
    (AP, 3/3/03)

2003        Aug, In Switzerland Sheikh Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the brother of the president of the United Arab Emirates, hit an Italian-American, Silvano Orsi, with the buckle of his belt in a hotel. in a trial in June, 2008, he was ordered to pay 540,000 Swiss francs (337,000 euros, 532,000 dollars) by the court, suspended for three years. The sheikh was also sentenced to pay legal costs of nearly 3,000 Swiss francs. In 2009 he was acquitted on appeal against the imposed fines.
    (AFP, 3/28/09)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falah_bin_Zayed_bin_Sultan_Al_Nahyan)

2003        Sep 20, The annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund began in Dubai.
    (AP, 9/21/03)

2003        Sep 22, It was reported that Sol Kirzner, Sun King, had struck a deal to build a $650 million Arabian-inspired resort in Dubai.
    (WSJ, 9/22/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct, Air Arabia, a Sharjah government-owned airline, launched services from Dubai. It billed itself as the Middle East's first budget airline.
    (AP, 6/1/04)

2003        In the UAE Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi dumped his eldest son, Sheik Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, as the crown prince in favor of Sheik Saud to succeed him as leader of Ras al Khaimah. The emirate's name means "top of the tent" in Arabic in reference to the shape of the peninsula shared by the UAE and Oman.
    (AP, 10/27/10)
2003        The Saudi-owned news channel al-Arabiya was launched from Dubai.
    (Econ, 2/26/05, p.25)
2003        Abu Dhabi launched its Etihad airline by royal decree. In 2004 it made an $8 billion order for new airplanes.
    (Econ, 6/5/10, p.76)

2004        Feb 10, An Iranian Fokker-50 plane carrying mostly foreign workers crashed as it approached Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing 43 people aboard. 3 survived.
    (AP, 2/10/04)

2004        Feb 22, Giorgio Armani signed a $1 billion hotel venture with Dubai’s Emaar Properties.
    (Econ, 2/28/04, p.61)

2004        Sep 27, In Dubai a wall collapsed at an airport construction site, killing more than eight workers and injuring many more.
    (AP, 9/27/04)

2004        Nov 2, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (86), United Arab Emirates President, died. Sheik Zayed became the ruler of Abu Dhabi, the largest and wealthiest emirate, in 1966, four years after the emirate first began exporting the oil it just discovered off its shores. He left behind 19 sons including 4 brothers known as the Bani Fatima, whose mother was a favorite wife of Zayed. Eldest son Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed (b.1947) succeeded his father.
    (AP, 11/3/04)(Econ, 11/20/04, p.90)(Econ, 9/27/08, p.64)

2004        Nov 4, The UAE appointed Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the eldest son of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as its president. Sheik Khalifa, crown prince of Abu Dhabi since 1969, automatically became ruler of Abu Dhabi following his father's death.
    (AP, 11/4/04)

2004        Nov 15, The Bush administration announced that it intended to negotiate trade agreements with Oman and the UAE.
    (Econ, 11/20/04, p.78)

2004        Dec 6, The Dubai Int’l. Film Festival (DIFF) opened its first season.

2004        Dec 7, DragonMart, a 1.2km dragon-shaped mall in Dubai featuring Chinese products, opened its doors to the public as the biggest Chinese shopping mall outside of China.
    (www.dragonmart.ae/HelpFAQs.html)(Econ, 4/14/12, p.78)

2004        The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) was set up in the city center as a 110-acre "free zone" to boost Dubai as both a financial waystation and investment destination.
    (Econ., 8/22/20, p.59)
2004        DP World, a ports operator owned by the government of Dubai (UAE), purchased the port operations of CSX, a US railroad company, for $1.15 billion formerly run by John Snow, US treasury secretary.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.33)
2004        Dubai reported 34 site-related deaths of construction workers this year. Human Rights Watch counted 880 bodies sent home by foreign embassies.
    (Econ, 12/16/06, p.71)
2004        Sheik Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (40), a half brother of the Emirati president, beat a man said to be the Afghan worker in an empty stretch of the Abu Dhabi    desert. The beating was filmed by Texas businessman Bassam Nabulsi. The victim, identified as Afghani grain dealer Mohammed Shapoor, survived the beatings. In 2009 Nahyan went on trial on torture charges.
    (AP, 12/21/09)

2005        Mar 23, It was reported that Dubai Holding, controlled by the ruler of Dubai, had reached a deal to buy 21,000 rental apartments in the US Sunbelt for $1 billion.
    (WSJ, 3/23/05, p.B6)

2005        Mar, Sheik Khalifa, ruler of Abu Dhabi, issued a decree granting citizens the right to buy and sell land.
    (WSJ, 10/21/05, p.A10)

2005        Jul 5, The United Arab Emirates (UAE), under international pressure to stop child abuse in a traditional desert sport, banned the use of underage riders in camel racing.
    (AP, 7/5/05)

2005        Jul 23, In Umm Al-Quwain, UAE, a $3.3 billion deal for the Khor al-Beidah lagoon complex was signed. A few days later developers announced Umm Al-Quwain's desert interior would be the site for a new city that could eventually house as many as 500,000 people.
    (AP, 8/7/05)

2005        Aug 11, Thirty-five Bangladeshi children who worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates arrived home to an uncertain future as part of a United Nations-sponsored program. The UAE now plans to use robots to race camels rather than children.
    (AP, 8/11/05)

2005        Aug, Sheik Khalifa, ruler of Abu Dhabi, signed Law No. 19, which formally abandoned the old property regime and permitted the sale of freehold rights by citizens and in certain areas 99-year leases by foreigners.
    (WSJ, 10/21/05, p.A10)

2005        Oct 2, A Dubai-based newspaper said it stands by a story in which it quoted Iran's president as saying he might curtail oil sales if his nation is referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program.
    (AP, 10/2/05)

2005        Oct 4, The UAE Labor Ministry announced that company executives will find their names on a sheet of shame published by the government if they don't start paying wages to their laborers.
    (AP, 10/4/05)

2005        Oct, Workers in Dubai broke ground on a $3.8 billion, 42-mile, light rail system to be completed in late 2009.
    (SSFC, 12/18/05, p.A23)

2005        Nov 16, Former President Clinton in Dubai, UAE, told Arab students that the US made a "big mistake" when it invaded Iraq, stoking the partisan debate back home over the war.
    (AP, 11/16/05)

2005        Nov 25, Newspapers in Dubai reported that police had raided a hotel chalet in Ghantout and arrested 26 men as they celebrated a wedding ceremony. 22 of the 26 arrested were from the Emirates.
    (SSFC, 11/27/05, p.A23)

2005        Dec 1, The United Arab Emirates announced it will hold a limited form of voting to pick members of a consultative council, a small step toward widening political participation in a country that has never held elections.
    (AP, 12/01/05)

2005        Dec 14, In the UAE Abu Dhabi overhauled business ownership laws allowing foreigners to own 100% of businesses in special economic zones.
    (WSJ, 12/15/05, p.A16)

2005        Megaprojects under construction in Dubai included The World, an artificial archipelago; Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building; Hydropolis, an underwater luxury hotel; the Restless Planet theme park, a domed ski resort; and the Mall of Arabia.
    (SSFC, 7/24/05, p.C3)

2005        Dubai put a 15% cap on rental increases as other living expenses rose by double digits.
    (WSJ, 6/20/06, p.C12)

2005        Dubai’s population numbered about 1.5 million.
    (SSFC, 7/24/05, p.C3)

2006        Jan 4, Sheik Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum (62), the emir of Dubai and prominent owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses, died during a visit to Australia.
    (AP, 1/4/06)

2006        Jan 27, British port operator Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. switched prospective suitors for the second time after Dubai Ports World raised its offer for the company to almost $7 billion, trumping an offer from Singapore's PSA International Ltd.
    (AP, 1/27/06)

2006        Feb 11, Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, won approval from a secretive US panel for a $6.8 billion deal to take over operations at six American ports.
    (AP, 2/11/07)

2006        Feb 13, DP World, a ports operator owned by the government of Dubai (UAE), paid $6.8 billion to acquire P&O, a British firm which runs a global network of maritime terminals including 6 American ports.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.33)

2006        Feb 17, US-based Space Adventures announced it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 2/18/06)

2006        Feb 21, Pres. Bush said he would veto any legislation blocking a deal for a state-owned company in Dubai to manage port terminals in US cities. Bush was not aware of the pending sale of the port operations until after aides approved the deal.
    (SFC, 2/22/06, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/23/06, p.A1)

2006        Feb 23, A United Arab Emirates company volunteered to postpone its takeover of significant operations at six major US seaports, giving the White House more time to convince skeptical lawmakers the deal posed no increased risks from terrorism.
    (AP, 2/23/07)

2006        Feb 26, The Bush administration said it has accepted a proposal from Dubai Ports World for a 45-day review of national security implications of its plans to take control of operations at 6 US ports.
    (SFC, 2/27/06, p.A3)

2006        Mar 9, Dubai Ports World bowed to pressure from the US Congress and announced that it will sell off its US operations to a US owner.
    (SFC, 3/10/06, p.A18)

2006        Mar 30, In the UAE hours after a human rights group blasted the United Arab Emirates for what it called wanton abuses of Asian workers, the country's labor minister said a law in the works will give laborers the right to form trade unions and bargain collectively.
    (AP, 3/30/06)

2006        Mar, Persian Gulf stock markets suffered their 1st serious correction after years of 6-7% annual gains. Stock market reversals in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, along with Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia triggered outrage among local small investors.
    (WSJ, 3/27/06, p.C1)

2006        Apr 26, About 2,500 foreign construction workers rioted over wages and working conditions at a building site in Dubai, smashing equipment and vehicles in the second violent protest by construction workers in a month in the fast-growing city. "We get 450 dirhams ($123) a month," one worker said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he feared retribution. "It's not enough. We can't save any money."
    (AP, 4/27/06)

2006        Apr 28, President George W. Bush approved Dubai's $1.24 billion takeover of Doncasters, a British engineering company with US plants that supply the Pentagon.
    (AP, 4/28/06)

2006        May 13, The United Arab Emirates and South Korea signed a series of accords, including a memorandum of understanding on stockpiling Emirati oil in South Korea, on the second day of a visit by the South Korean president.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)

2006        May 16, In Iraq gunmen kidnapped UAE diplomat Naji Rashid al-Nuaimi (28) as he left the home of the United Arab Emirates' cultural affairs attache in Baghdad's Mansour district. On May 30 it was reported that Al-Nuaimi was released.
    (AP, 5/17/06)(AP, 5/31/06)

2006        May 24, Dubai hosted the Middle East's first major international art auction.
    (AP, 5/24/06)

2006        May 30, Emirati authorities said Naji Nuaimi, an Emirati diplomat held hostage in Iraq since May 16, has been released without ransom.
    (AP, 5/30/06)

2006        Jun 14, India's largest film festival kicked off in Dubai, as a number of Bollywood stars descended on this booming Gulf city state where Indians make up the largest community.
    (AP, 6/14/06)

2006        Jul 6, A UAE freighter sank in strong winds in the Indian Ocean off the Horn of Africa, killing seven crew members. The ship was owned by al-Hufuf Maritime Co., based in the United Arab Emirates, but it sailed under the flag of Panama.
    (AP, 7/6/06)

2006        Jul 8, The Guggenheim Foundation announced it had commissioned American architect Frank Gehry to build a new branch of the Guggenheim modern and contemporary art museum in Abu Dhabi. The $400 million structure was planned as a showpiece for Saadiyat Island’s Culture District.
    (AP, 7/8/06)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.46)

2006        Jul, Oman and the UAE completed the delineation of their 1,000-km (625-mile) shared borders, in line with a June 2002 accord.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)

2006        Oct 18, In Dubai Etisalat, a state-controlled phone company, was reported to have soaring profits. The Emirates' chief telecom and Internet provider, began to block Skype and other Internet phone providers during the summer, arguing they had no license to sell phone service. Calls for 2 cents a minute went dead and customers were forced to pay 75 cents per minute to phone Britain and 60 cents to call the United States during peak hours.
    (AP, 10/19/06)

2006        Oct 30, South African miner Gold Fields announced it was listing on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX), becoming the first African company to list shares on the fledgling Gulf market.
    (AP, 10/30/06)

2006        Dec 3, A Dubai-based developer announced that it plans to build a new Russian city on 44,000 acres near Moscow.
    (AP, 12/3/06)

2006        Dec 10, The oil-rich Arab states on the Persian Gulf said that they will consider starting a joint nuclear program for peaceful purposes. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council included Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman.
    (AP, 12/10/06)

2006        Dec 16, Some 6,000 hand-picked voters chose members of a government advisory panel in the UAE’s first election, the Arab world's latest tentative step toward democracy. This was the first of a three-day vote for 20 open seats on the Federal National Council.
    (AP, 12/16/06)(AP, 9/24/11)

2006        Dec 20, In the UAE hand-selected voters cast the third and final round of votes to choose members of a government advisory panel in this oil-rich country's first-ever elections.
    (AP, 12/20/06)

2006        Abu Dhabi’s government Authority for Culture and Heritage launched The Million's Poet to encourage poetry.
    (AP, 3/23/10)
2006        In Abu Dhabi a diabetes center was opened by the Imperial College of London. In 2008 almost a fifth of the UAE’s native population suffered from diabetes.
    (Econ, 4/26/08, p.37)
2006        Abu Dhabi initiated the development of Masdar, a new smart city built on a raised platform and expected to house 40,000 people.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, SR p.11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masdar_City)
2006        Abu Dhabi, with a population of about 250,000, sat on a tenth of the world’s oil.
    (Econ, 6/10/06, p.45)

2006        Oil revenues in Dubai dropped to 7% of GDP as economic development expanded to transport, tourism and business. Dubai, ruled by the wealthy al-Maktoum family, planned to become the main financial center between Europe and Asia.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.56)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.13)
2006        The Saudi offshoot of Emaar, one of Dubai’s big-three developers, raised 2.55 billion riyals ($680 million) to build a metropolis on the Red Sea coast. The King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) was due for completion in 2016.
    (Econ, 4/26/08, p.38)

2007        Jan 18, In Dubai a high-rise apartment building under construction caught fire, injuring up to 25 workers and trapping others in thick smoke as rescue crews scrambled to reach them.
    (AP, 1/18/07)

2007        Mar 6, France and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to open a branch of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, despite criticism that the French government is peddling the country's artistic treasures.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

2007        Mar 11, Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar announced that his oil services company will soon shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to the Mideast financial powerhouse of Dubai.
    (AP, 3/13/07)

2007        Apr 29, Japan and the resources-rich United Arab Emirates agreed to launch a high-level dialogue aimed at boosting economic ties and to speed up talks on a free trade pact. Officials of the governmental Japan Bank for International Cooperation decided to extend massive loans to Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in exchange for securing a stable oil supply for Japan.
    (AP, 4/29/07)(http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20070430a2.html)

2007        Apr, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction was officially launched in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2008 the Philanthropy in Abu Dhabi awarded the 1st annual Int’l. Prize for Arabic Fiction to Bahaa Taher for “Sunset Oasis."
    (Econ, 3/26/11, p.95)(http://librarian.lishost.org/?p=1064)

2007        May 10, US VP Cheney arrived at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to a red carpet welcome. The vice president is on a weeklong tour of the Middle East that will also take him to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.
    (AP, 5/10/07)

2007        May 19, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, launched a $10 billion foundation to provide scholarships and promote research in the Middle East, saying the region has neglected education despite its oil wealth (www.mbrfoundation.ae).
    (AP, 5/20/07)(WSJ, 5/31/07, p.A16)

2007        Jun 1, CNBC Africa was launched from new headquarters in South Africa. Dubai investors put in some $22.5 million for the 24-hour African business channel broadcasting to 14 African countries.
    (Econ, 6/9/07, p.75)

2007        Jun 12, It was reported that the Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania, numbering fewer than 1,500, faced a hastening extinction following a government deal to lease 2,500 square miles of tribal hunting land to members of the Abu Dhabi royal family. Schools, roads and other projects were offered in compensation.
    (SFC, 6/12/07, p.A20)

2007        Jun 18, The Gulf emirate of Dubai announced it had bought the Queen Elizabeth 2, one of the world's most majestic cruise liners, and planned to turn it into a luxury floating hotel.
    (AP, 6/18/07)

2007        Jun 19, In Dubai a Canadian UN official, who advised the Afghan government on eradicating opium poppy crops, was sentenced to four years in prison for smuggling and drug possession. Bert Tatham (35) of Vancouver, British Columbia, was arrested April 23 during a one-hour stopover at the Dubai International Airport, after being caught with a half a gram of hashish, and two poppy bulbs.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

2007        Jul 14, Alexandre Robert (15), a French-Swiss youth, was raped by 3 UAE nationals in Dubai. The case went to court in November. On Dec 12 a panel of judges sentenced two Emirati men to 15 years in prison each in connection with a kidnapping and sexual attack on the French-Swiss boy.
    (Reuters, 11/7/07)(AP, 12/12/07)

2007        Jul 21, Developers of the Burj Dubai, a 1,680-foot skyscraper still under construction in oil-rich Dubai, claimed that it has become the world's tallest building, surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101 which has dominated the global skyline at 1,667 feet since 2004.
    (AP, 7/21/07)

2007        Jul 27, Pakistan’s Pres. Musharraf held secret talks in Abu Dhabi with former PM Benazir Bhutto. In Islamabad hundreds of students clashed with security forces and a nearby bombing killed 13 people during the reopening of the Red Mosque for the first time since a bloody army raid to oust Islamic militants from the complex. In Quetta gunmen opened fire on the vehicle of Raziq Bugti, the official spokesman for a provincial government in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, killing him.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AP, 7/28/07)(SSFC, 7/29/07, p.A14)

2007        Aug 8, It was reported that Dubai’s power and water demands are rising by an average of 20% and 15% respectively each year and that the state-owned utilities were having difficulty providing for the increasing demand.
    (WSJ, 8/7/07, p.B4)

2007        Aug 17, Borse Dubai made a $3.95 billion takeover bid for OMX AB, challenging US-based NASDAQ Stock Market Inc. for ownership of the Stockholm-based Nordic stock exchange operator.
    (AP, 8/17/07)

2007        Aug 21, The board of MGM Mirage approved a deal with Dubai World in which the holding company for the Persian Gulf state will eventually acquire a 9.5% stake and 50% ownership in the Las Vegas CityCenter project.
    (WSJ, 8/22/07, p.A3)

2007        Sep 14, Developers in Dubai said the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building since July, has also become the tallest free-standing structure on earth, reaching 1,822 feet. The over 700-meter (2,313 feet) Burj Dubai tower complex, a part of the Dubai Mall, was expected to be completed this year. The design was by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago.
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.57)(SFC, 3/31/05, p.A2)(AP, 9/14/07)

2007        Sep 20, Borse Dubai and NASDAQ, rivals to take over Nordic market operator OMX, said they had joined forces to acquire it together in a deal that gives Borse Dubai 19.99 percent of US-based NASDAQ and 28 percent of the London Stock Exchange.
    (AP, 9/20/07)

2007        Oct 28, In Dubai thousands of South Asian construction workers went on strike over harsh working conditions in the latest threat to a spectacular building boom already endangered by a falling currency and labor shortage.
    (AP, 10/29/07)

2007        Oct 31, In Dubai more than 4,000 south Asian workers who had been jailed since a weekend labor strike were released, in an incident that has highlighted labor tensions in this booming city.
    (AP, 10/31/07)

2007        Nov 3, Abu Dhabi began work on building the world's first Ferrari theme park, another step in the Gulf emirate's ambition to become a global centre for leisure, sport and culture.
    (AP, 11/4/07)

2007        Nov 8, A bridge under construction in a new development in Dubai collapsed, killing seven workers and injuring 15.
    (AP, 11/9/07)

2007        Nov 16, Mubadala Development, an investment arm of Abu Dhabi, announced that it would pay $622 million for 8.1% of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
    (Econ, 11/24/07, p.70)

2007        Nov 18, MTV Arabia, an Arab version of the pop-culture channel, began broadcasting from Dubai.
    (AP, 11/18/08)(www.freemuse.org/sw29678.asp)

2007        Nov 26, Citigroup announced that the investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government will take a 4.9% stake and provide a $7.5 billion capital infusion.
    (WSJ, 11/27/07, p.A3)

2007        Dec 1, Dubai police conducted a series of simultaneous raids on suspected brothels, landing 247 suspects in jail in the emirate's biggest anti-prostitution sweep to date. Human was trafficking rampant in this wealthy Gulf city.
    (AP, 12/5/07)

2007        Dec 17, Dubai ruling Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pardoned 377 inmates of Dubai prisons this week on the eve of Eid al-Adha, an important Islamic holiday. The pardon included Bert Tatham, a Canadian UN official who advised the Afghan government on eradicating opium poppy crops. Tatham (35) was granted amnesty, six months after being sentenced to four years in prison on a drug smuggling conviction. Tatham was arrested April 23 during a one-hour stopover at the Dubai International Airport, after being caught with a half a gram of hashish, and two poppy bulbs.
    (AP, 12/17/07)
2007        Dec 17, Japan and the United Arab Emirates signed an accord to strengthen economic ties, including a deal for Japanese banks to extend a multibillion-dollar loan to a state-owned Abu Dhabi oil firm.
    (AP, 12/17/07)

2008        Jan 13, In Abu Dhabi, UAE, President Bush said that Iran is threatening the security of the world, and that the United States and Arab allies must join together to confront the danger "before it's too late."
    (AP, 1/13/08)
2008        Jan 13, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed plans to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates amid reports French firms could construct up to two nuclear reactors there.
    (AP, 1/13/08)

2008        Jan 15, The French government announced during a visit by Pres. Sarkozy that it will set up a permanent military base of up to 500 troops in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 1/15/08)

2008        Feb, In Abu Dhabi ground was broken on the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the 1st step in an initiative to foster renewable energy and environmental technologies. The Masdar Initiative was initially unveiled in 2006.
    (Econ, 4/26/08, p.40)(Econ, 12/6/08, TQ p.29)

2008        Mar 15, Officials said the main telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates, Etisalat, has launched mobile services in Nigeria, becoming the fifth operator there.
    (AP, 3/15/08)

2008        Mar 18, In the UAE South Asian workers, striking over pay in the Emirate of Sharjah, torched offices and vehicles.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

2008        Mar 26, In Dubai a massive explosion at a fireworks factory left two people dead and two injured. Subsequent fires rapidly spread, sending thick clouds of black smoke into the sky.
    (AP, 3/26/08)

2008        Mar, Kholoud Ahmad Jua'an Al Daheri was appointed the UAE’s first female judge.

2008        Apr 8, Dubai’s crown prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum bought 16 camels for $4.5 million, including one female camel for $2.7 million.
    (SFC, 4/9/08, p.A4)

2008        May 17, Somali pirates hijacked a Jordanian-flagged ship, called the Victoria, in the latest in a string of attacks off the lawless coast of Somalia. Islamic insurgents in Somalia seized a major agricultural center overnight in Jilib. 2 militia fighters were killed. The UAE-owned ship was released on May 23.
    (AP, 5/17/08)(AP, 5/18/08)(AP, 5/23/08)

2008        Jun 16, It was reported that Texas businessman Bassam Nabulsi had a federal lawsuit against Sheik Issa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a son of the late UAE president and brother of Abu Dhabi's crown prince. Nabulsi said he safeguarded the sheik's most important documents: financial records, investment documents, and videotapes showing the sheik torturing people with a cattle prod and a spiked plank.
    (AP, 6/16/08)

2008        Jun 24, In NYC David Fisher, an Italian architect, said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be "the world's first building in motion," an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.
    (AP, 6/25/08)

2008        Jul 6, The United Arab Emirates canceled all its Iraqi debt and moved to restore a full diplomatic mission in Baghdad by naming a new ambassador.
    (AP, 7/6/08)

2008        Jul 9, It was announced that the Abu Dhabi Investment Council had purchased a 90% stake in NYC’s Chrysler Building for $800 million.
    (WSJ, 7/10/08, p.C3)

2008        Jul 28, Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim (30) was found stabbed and her throat slashed in Dubai. On August 8 Egypt banned news coverage of the brutal slaying following media reports in other papers that said a wealthy Egyptian businessman ordered 3 men to carry out the killing. On Sep 2 Hisham Talaat Moustafa, an Egyptian lawmaker and business tycoon, was arrested in the death Tamim. He was accused of paying a former police officer $2 million to kill her. On May 21, 2009, Moustafa was sentenced to death for ordering Tamim’s death. Former officer, Mohsen el-Sukkary, was also convicted and sentenced to death. In 2010 Moustafa was spared the death penalty after a retrial changed his original death sentence to 15 years in prison.
    (www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=21342)(AP, 9/2/08)(AP, 5/21/09)(AP, 9/28/10)

2008        Jul, Mubadala Development, an investment arm of Abu Dhabi, announced that it intended to become a major shareholder in GE.
    (Econ, 9/20/08, SR p.24)

2008        Aug 7, It was reported that the Dubai-based Al Yousuf Group has invested $10 million in Zap, a Santa Rosa, Ca., firm that makes electric cars.
    (SFC, 8/7/08, p.C1)
2008        Aug 7, It was reported that two subsidiaries of government-owned Dubai World have acquired a 20% stake in Canada’s circus operator Cirque du Soleil. In May the circus had agreed to perform on Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island, for 15 years starting in 2011.
    (SFC, 8/7/08, p.C2)

2008        Aug 21, Forbes magazine reported that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (80) is the world's richest royal sovereign with a fortune estimated at 35 billion dollars, and oil-rich Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (60) of Abu Dhabi is far back at No. 2 with 23 billion.
    (AFP, 8/21/08)

2008        Aug 26,  In Dubai a fire in a building packed with foreign laborers killed 11 people. 10 of the victims were Indian.
    (AP, 8/27/08)

2008        Sep 3, A helicopter carrying foreign contractors crashed into an oil platform off the coast of Dubai, killing all seven people on board and halting production in one of the emirate's four offshore oil fields.
    (AP, 9/4/08)

2008        Oct 5, Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Co. and Texas-based ConocoPhillips said they have signed a deal with Kazakhstan’s national oil company to drill in a potentially lucrative region in the Caspian Sea.
    (SFC, 10/6/08, p.D1)

2008        Oct 7, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Advanced Technology Investment, a recently formed investment firm owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, said they will become joint owners of a new company that will take over AMD’s factories in Germany.
    (WSJ, 10/8/08, p.B3)

2008        Oct 12, The United Arab Emirates said it would guarantee domestic bank deposits and with Saudi Arabia promised fresh financial support to domestic banks.
    (WSJ, 10/13/08, p.A5)

2008        Oct 16, In Dubai a British couple was sentenced to three months in jail in a case that has caused controversy because the two were charged in July with having sex on the beach.  The Dubai Court of Appeals upheld the guilty verdict but dropped the prison sentences for Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors, though it ruled the couple must still be deported from the United Arab Emirates and pay a fine of about $272 each.
    (AP, 10/15/08)(AP, 11/25/08)

2008        Oct 31, Middle East investors will own up to one third of Barclays Plc after Abu Dhabi and Qatar provided most of 7.3 billion pounds ($12.1 billion) raised by the bank to repair damage from the global financial crisis and avoid taking UK government rescue funds.
    (Reuters, 10/31/08)

2008        Nov 2, Dubai Port World (DP World) said it has agreed on a deal to run the cargo terminal in the Algerian port Djendjen. The port, which opened in 1993, is the most commercially important in Algeria.
    (AFP, 11/2/08)

2008        Nov 20, Dubai held a launch party for its Atlantis Hotel.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.115)

2008        Nov, Dubai’s government and state-owned enterprises debt amounted to $80 billion, equivalent to 148% of GDP.
    (Econ, 11/29/08, p.53)
2008        Nov, A US diplomatic cable said donors in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are sending an estimated $100 million annually to radical Islamic schools in Pakistan that back militancy. The cable was leaked to the public on May 22, 2011.
    (AP, 5/22/11)

2008        Dubai handled an estimated 60% of Iran’s merchandise trade, hosted nearly 10,000 Iranian-owned firms and was linked to Iran by over 250 flights a week.
    (Econ, 11/8/08, p.65)
2008        Jack Shahin, an American businessman, was detained in Dubai as part of a probe into alleged embezzlement by executives at Deyaar Development, one of several Dubai-based property developers that rose to prominence during the emirate's building boom last decade. He spent the next four years behind bars without trial.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

2009        Jan 14, The developer of a Dubai skyscraper set to soar two-thirds of a mile said it's halting work on the project for a year as the boomtown grapples with the financial crisis.
    (AP, 1/14/09)
2009        Jan 12, In Dubai Kabir Mulchandani, chairman of the Dynasty Zarooni development company, was arrested on charges of fraud and embezzlement. He was accused of defrauding investors of more than $100 million. He has been under investigation in India for the past 10 years by the excise department, directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), enforcement directorate (ED), and income tax authority.
    (WSJ, 1/24/09, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/amevml)

2009        Jan 18, Dubai said it has reached a deal with Nigeria to invest in the African nation's conflict-ravaged oil industry and other sectors of the economy.
    (AP, 1/18/09)

2009        Jan 19, The United Arab Emirates central bank cut its benchmark lending rate a half point to 1%,
    (WSJ, 1/20/09, p.A11)

2009        Jan, In Sharjah, UAE, a mob of up to 50 people beat Masri Khan, a Pakistani man, to death with metal bars in a fight over control of an illegal liquor business. In March, 2010, 17 Indians were sentenced to death for the beating. In 2011 the victim’s family accepted over $900,000 in "blood money," allowing the men to return to their families. In September, 2011, an Emirati court commuted the death sentences to two years in prison, paving the way for their return home.
    (AFP, 3/30/10)(AP, 7/21/11)(AFP, 9/12/11)

2009        Feb 10, A tanker burst into flames after colliding with a container ship in a shipping channel off the coast of Dubai. The Maltese-flagged tanker, Kashmir, was carrying about 30,000 tons of oil condensate.
    (AP, 2/10/09)

2009        Feb 22, The United Arab Emirates said it will spend $10 billion to bail out Dubai, whose huge construction and financial sector expansion plans slowed under the world wide downturn.
    (WSJ, 2/23/09, p.A1)

2009        Feb 24, The United Arab Emirates' official news agency said US firms Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. have been awarded almost $3 billion in contracts to supply transport aircraft for the country's military.
    (AP, 2/24/09)

2009        Mar 9, Dubai’s public prosecution indicted 7 suspects on bribery and fraud charges alleging losses to the Dubai Islamic Bank of over $501 million in fake deals from 2004 to 2007. Two of the men had left the country.
    (WSJ, 3/10/09, p.A7)

2009        Mar 16, The government of Dubai resigned to prevent the questioning in Parliament of the country’s prime minister, the nephew of Kuwait’s emir, regarding a number of issues including alleged mismanagement and land-use concerns.
    (WSJ, 3/18/09, p.A8)

2009        Mar 28, In Dubai Sulim Yamadayev, a former Chechen rebel and brother of Ruslan Yamadaev (d.2008), was shot in a brazen attack and died on March 30. He had switched sides to the government during Chechnya's long-running conflict with Moscow. On April 5 Dubai authorities said they had arrested two suspects in the slaying. They said Adam Delimkhanov, a Chechen member of Russia’s lower house and the Chechen president's right-hand man, had masterminded the killing. On April 12, 2010, Mahdi Tagi Dhurnia of Iran and Tajik national Mahsoudjan Asmanov were sentenced to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of aiding and abetting the assassination of Yamadayev.
    (AP, 3/31/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A5)(AP, 4/5/09)(SFC, 4/6/09, p.A3)(AP, 4/12/10)(AP, 12/22/10)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.55)

2009        Apr 8, Dubai’s public prosecution indicted Mohammed Khalfan Bin Kharbash, a former minister of state, along with several former company executives for corruption.
    (WSJ, 4/9/09, p.C2)

2009        Apr 17, Mohammed Zuhair Siddiq, purported Syrian intelligence officer and one of the suspects in the 2005 assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister, was arrested in Dubai. He was arrested in France in October 2005 as a suspect in the murder, but disappeared from house arrest in France in March, 2008.
    (AP, 4/20/09)

2009        Apr 23, Dubai's deputy police chief denied a report that pirates have laundered ransom money through banks in the Gulf city-state, according to a local newspaper.
    (AP, 4/23/09)

2009        May 5, H.H Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), announced the official launch of Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Sudan had recently signed a leasing agreement with an Al Ain National Wildlife for some 6,180 square miles of southeastern wilderness to be developed as a safari site with semi-permanent  tented camps and top-class hotels.
    (www.ameinfo.com/155601.html)(Econ, 7/11/09, p.46)

2009        May 6, Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun said the UAE has given the government nearly $1.44 million to distribute among 879 Bangladeshi children who worked as jockeys at camel races after it was banned in 1993. The law was openly flouted until authorities reached an agreement in 2005 with UNICEF to help repatriate and rehabilitate child jockeys, who were mostly taken from poorer Muslim nations such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sudan.
    (AP, 5/6/09)

2009        May 26, French President Nicolas Sarkozy opened his nation's first military base in the Gulf outside Abu Dhabi, boosting the naval presence along strategic oil routes and in pirate-infested waters off the Somali coast.
    (AP, 5/26/09)

2009        Jul 13, German automobile group Daimler said it sold 40 percent of its stake in US electric car maker Tesla Motors to United Arab Emirate's Aabar Investments group to boost development of low-emission vehicles.
    (AP, 7/13/09)

2009        Jul 21, The general manager of Dubai's Al Nassma said the world's first brand of chocolate made with camels' milk plans to expand into new Arab markets, Europe, Japan and the United States.
    (AP, 7/21/09)

2009        Jul 28, At the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Aabar Investments, an Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund, and Virgin Galactic signed a strategic partnership in which Aabar would take a 32% stake in Virgin Galactic for $280 million. To date Virgin Galactic has been wholly owned and funded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
    (Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)(http://tinyurl.com/y8gtjad)

2009        Aug 28, The United Arab Emirates confirmed that it has seized a cargo ship earlier this month bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea. Diplomats identified the vessel as a Bahamas-flagged cargo vessel, the ANL Australia, carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons.
    (AP, 8/29/09)

2009        Sep 9, Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum opened the Arabian Peninsula's first metro system, the $7.6 billion project, hoping to capture the world's spotlight on the catchy date of 9/9/09, whether the sleek system is fully ready to go or not.
    (AP, 9/9/09)(Econ, 9/12/09, p.52)

2009        Sep 30, The 24 members of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage granted the tango dance and its music protected cultural status at its meeting in Abu Dhabi. The designation may make Argentina and Uruguay, which both claim to be tango's birthplace, eligible to receive financial assistance from a specialized fund for safeguarding cultural traditions.
    (AP, 9/30/09)

2009        Oct 1, A Lebanese businessman, Hassan Alayan, alleged that he and several hundred other Lebanese were expelled from the United Arab Emirates country because they refused to spy on the Shiite militant group Hezbollah and other fellow citizens.
    (AP, 10/1/09)

2009        Oct 4, The UAE’s official news agency said Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a law regulating the development of a civilian nuclear program, clearing the way for construction of a nuclear power plant with help from the United States.
    (AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 5, Dubai's annual property fair, the Cityscape expo, opened as a toned down event.
    (AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 12, The United Arab Emirates' highest court convicted an American citizen on terrorism-related charges amid claims that torture was used to extract a confession. The court sentenced Naji Hamdan (43) to 18 months in prison, but he should be freed soon because the sentence counts time served and he was detained last year. Hamdan was arrested in the UAE in August 2008 and charged in June 2009 with supporting terrorism, working with terrorist organizations and being a member of a terrorist group.
    (AP, 10/12/09)

2009        Oct 21, A Sudanese cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Sharjah International Airport north of Dubai, killing the 6-member crew but causing no other casualties on the ground.
    (AP, 10/21/09)

2009        Oct 31, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and aides in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi before flying to Israel, where she is expected to meet senior Israeli officials in a push to restart peace negotiations. A senior Palestinian official said the Palestinians are unlikely to resume negotiations if Israel does not halt Jewish settlement building. After the talks Clinton called for an unconditional resumption of peace talks and welcomed Israel's offer for a slowdown in settlement activity.
    (AP, 10/31/09)(AP, 11/1/09)

2009        Nov 15, India's Essar Group, and energy-to-steel conglomerate, said it has agreed to buy a majority stake in Dhabi Group's telecommunication businesses in African nations Uganda and Congo.
    (Reuters, 11/15/09)

2009        Nov 25, Dubai, whose extravagant building projects have been largely put on hold since the start of the global financial crisis, said it would ask creditors at its flagship firms Dubai World and property developer Nakheel to delay repayment on billions of dollars of debt until May 30, 2010 at the earliest.
    (Reuters, 11/26/09)(Econ, 11/28/09, p.83)
2009        Nov 25, Iran stopped the yacht, “Kingdom of Bahrain," owned by Sail Bahrain as it sailed from Bahrain to the Gulf city of Dubai. It had been due to join the 360-mile (580km) Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race, which was to begin Nov. 26. Five British sailors were detained.
    (AP, 11/30/09)

2009        Nov 26, European banks were hit by concern about potential exposure to debt problems in Dubai, while companies where Middle Eastern investors own big stakes also came under pressure.
    (Reuters, 11/26/09)

2009        Nov 29, The United Arab Emirates' central bank said it would offer additional liquidity to banks, signaling a push by the federal government to reassure investors worried about the country's banking sector and its exposure to Dubai's crushing debt.
    (AP, 11/29/09)

2009        Dec 1, UAE stock markets plunged for a second day after the Dubai government said it is not guaranteeing debt-ridden Dubai World, which unveiled a major restructuring plan.
    (AP, 12/1/09)

2009        Dec 14, The Dubai government said it will pay 4.1 billion dollars to cover maturing Islamic bonds issued by its Nakheel property developer after receiving a 10-billion-dollar handout from oil-rich Abu Dhabi.
    (AFP, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 15, In Kuwait Gulf Arab nations put into force a monetary pact, moving a step closer toward the elusive goal of a single regional currency and greater integration between the mainly oil-rich states. The announcement was made by Kuwait's finance minister came as leaders from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council nations were wrapping up a two-day summit in which they launched a regional electricity project. The GCC groups Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.
    (AP, 12/15/09)

2009        Dec 16, The 8-day Dubai Int’l. Film Festival (DIFF) closed.

2009        Dec 27, A South Korean consortium, led by Korea Electric Power (KEPCO), won a $20 billion contract to build 4 nuclear reactors in the United Arab Emirates.
    (Econ, 1/2/10, p.47)

2009        UAE love guru Widad Lootah published the much-debated Muslim sex guide "Top Secret: Sexual Guidance for Married Couples."
    (AP, 2/13/12)
2009        Footage emerged of an Emirati sheikh torturing an Afghan grain merchant, pouring sand into his mouth and eyes and setting him alight before repeatedly running him over. The sheikh was absolved in court, following short-lived expressions of horror from Western policymakers.
    (Econ, 3/25/17, p.75)

2010        Jan 1, In Dubai a British woman (23) told police she had been raped the previous evening by a waiter at a 5-star hotel. Police arrested her after she revealed during questioning that she had drunk alcohol and had sex with her fiance, with whom she was on holiday.
    (Econ, 1/16/10, p.48)

2010        Jan 4, Dubai inaugurated the world's tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, hoping to shift international attention away from the Gulf emirate's deep financial crisis and rekindle the optimism that fueled its turbocharged growth. The name was secretly switched from Burj Dubai and unveiled to the public as the Burj Khalifa, after the emir of Abu Dhabi and UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The observation deck was the only part of the tower that opened. It was closed in February following an elevator malfunction that left visitors trapped. The deck reopened on April 4. Work continued on the rest of the building's interior.
    (AP, 1/4/10)(AFP, 1/5/10)(AP, 1/6/10)(AP, 4/4/10)

2010        Jan 10, Abu Dhabi Sheik Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the United Arab Emirates ruling family being tried in connection with the videotaped beating of an Afghan man, was cleared of all charges. The video showed the prince beating the man with stick, pouring salt on his wounds and driving over him in a car. The victim, identified as Afghani grain dealer Mohammed Shapoor, survived the beatings.
    (AP, 1/10/10)(Econ, 1/16/10, p.48)

2010        Jan 20, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh (b.1960), one of the founders of Hamas' military wing, was poisoned and electrocuted overnight in his hotel room in Dubai. Al-Mabhouh was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989. On Jan 29 Hamas accused Israeli agents of assassinating the veteran operative. In 2013 it was reported that Ben Zygier took part in the killing by a Mossad hit-team of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mahbouh.
    (AP, 1/29/10)(Reuters, 2/14/13)

2010        Feb 4, Dubai's government, under pressure to repay billions of dollars in debt, said it has discovered a new offshore oil field, the first such find by the city-state in decades.
    (AP, 2/4/10)

2010        Feb 15, Dubai police held a stunning news conference and blamed the Jan 19 slaying of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on a team of 10 men and one woman carrying passports from Britain, Ireland, France and Germany.
    (AP, 2/16/10)

2010        Feb 16, Dubai police appealed for an international manhunt after releasing names and photos of an alleged 11-member European hit squad accused of stalking and killing a Hamas commander on Jan 19 in a plot that mixed cold precision with spy caper disguises such as fake beards and wigs.
    (AP, 2/16/10)

2010        Feb 18, Dubai police directly accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of orchestrating the Jan 19 hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander as the number of suspects rose to 18.
    (AP, 2/18/10)

2010        Feb 22, The United Arab Emirates said it has picked former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Hans Blix to head an advisory board for its nuclear power program. Blix was director general of the IAEA, the UN's nuclear watchdog, from 1981 to 1997. He led the UN search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq until June 2003.
    (AP, 2/22/10)

2010        Feb 24, Dubai police linked at least 15 more suspects carrying foreign passports to the Jan 19 hit squad slaying of a Hamas commander that the police chief claimed was likely carried out by Israel's Mossad secret service.
    (AP, 2/24/10)

2010        Feb 28, Dubai police said forensic tests show a Hamas operative, who was killed on Jan 19 in his hotel room by an alleged Israeli hit squad, was drugged with a fast-acting muscle relaxant and then suffocated with a pillow.
    (AP, 2/28/10)

2010        Mar 17, In Abu Dhabi Hissa Hilal, only her eyes visible through her black veil, delivered a blistering poem against Muslim preachers "who sit in the position of power" but are "frightening" people with their fatwas, or religious edicts, and "preying like a wolf" on those seeking peace.  She presented her 15-verse poem on the live TV “The Million's Poet" program.
    (AP, 3/23/10)

2010        Mar 22, Dubai Media reported that authorities planned to step up enforcement of a 2003 law prohibiting restaurants from using booze in food preparation.
    (AP, 3/22/10)

2010        Mar 25, Dubai said it would inject 9.5 billion dollars into Dubai World, which announced it was asking creditors to wait for up to eight years to be repaid in full.
    (AP, 3/25/10)

2010        Mar 26, The head of Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, went missing after his glider crashed in Morocco. Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's glider went down in a lake in Morocco. The pilot of the aircraft was rescued in good condition. The body of al-Nahayan was found on March 30.
    (AP, 3/27/10)(AFP, 3/30/10)

2010        Apr 4, A Dubai appeals court upheld a one-month prison sentence for a British couple convicted of kissing in a restaurant. They were arrested in November and convicted of inappropriate behavior and illegal drinking. Ayman Najafi and Charlotte Adams, both in their 20s, were arrested after an Emirati woman claimed they exchanged a passionate kiss in a restaurant where she and her daughter were having dinner.
    (AP, 4/4/10)

2010        Apr 25, A hot air balloon carrying 14 people crashed in the desert south of Dubai, killing at least two.
    (AP, 4/25/10)

2010        May 7, A Dubai newspaper reported that local police have identified five new suspects in the January slaying of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas operative in the Gulf city-state.
    (AP, 5/7/10)

2010        May 12, In Dubai James Ibori, former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state (1999-2007), was arrested on a UK warrant. Nigerian anti-graft agency chief Farida Waziri said Ibori was wanted on charges of stealing 44 billion naira ($292 million) in state funds while he was in office. In July Ibori was scheduled for extradition to Britain.
    (AP, 5/14/10)(AFP, 7/26/10)

 2010        Jun 21, A United Arab Emirates reported that the UAE has closed down 40 international and local firms as part of a crackdown on companies that violate UN sanctions on Iran.
    (AFP, 6/21/10)

2010        Aug 1, The United Arab Emirates said it plans to block some messaging and Web services on BlackBerry smart phones, days after it warned the device could pose a potential threat to national security and social values.
    (AP, 8/1/10)

2010        Sep 3, A UPS Boeing 747-400 cargo plane with two crew members on board crashed shortly after takeoff outside Dubai. The 2 crew members, Captain Doug Lampe (48) of Louisville, Kentucky, and First Officer Matthew Bell (38) of Sanford, Florida. were killed. On Nov 5 al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing claimed responsibility for the crash, even though the United Arab Emirates' civil aviation authority said that there was no evidence of an explosive device aboard the jet.
    (AP, 9/4/10)(AP, 9/5/10)(Reuters, 11/5/10)

2010        Sep 30, The Arabic-language Al-Ittihad daily quoted Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan as saying he had "received two death threats based on the case of Hamas militant" Mahmud al-Mabhuh's assassination in a Dubai hotel on January 20.
    (AFP, 9/30/10)

2010        Oct 11, Dubai media reported that a key suspect in the killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai on Jan 19 has been arrested abroad but details of the capture are secret. The arrest took place in a Western country about two months ago.
    (AP, 10/11/10)
2010        Oct 11, Officials said Canadian troops are being forced to pull out of a military base in the United Arab Emirates that supports their mission in Afghanistan amid an ongoing dispute over airline landing rights.
    (AP, 10/11/10)

2010        Oct 17, A Nigerian government spokesman said a Dubai court found cause to honor an extradition request for former Delta state Gov. James Ibori, a prominent politician in the ruling People's Democratic Party. Authorities have said Ibori faces charges over stealing $292 million in state funds while in office.
    (AP, 10/17/10)

2010        Oct 18, Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National reported that the UAE's highest judicial body has ruled that a man can beat his wife and young children as long as the beating leaves no physical marks.
    (AP, 10/18/10)

2010        Oct 27, UAE Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi (b.1918), a ruler of Ras the al Khaimah emirate and one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs, died.
    (AP, 10/27/10)

2010        Oct 29, Authorities on 3 continents thwarted attacks when they seized explosives on cargo planes in the United Arab Emirates and England. The plot sent tremors throughout the US, where after a frenzied day searching planes and parcel trucks for other explosives, officials temporarily banned all new cargo from Yemen. The next day police in Dubai said that the bomb discovered there contained the powerful explosive PETN and bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida. One of the two powerful bombs mailed from Yemen to Chicago-area synagogues traveled on two passenger planes within the Middle East. A tip of the plot came from Jabir al-Fayfi, a Saudi who was held for years at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. On Nov 5 al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing claimed responsibility for the explosive parcels.
    (AP, 10/30/10)(AP, 10/31/10)(AP, 11/2/10)(Reuters, 11/5/10)

2010        Nov 9, The United Arab Emirates said it will force Canadians to get a visa to travel to the Persian Gulf federation as of Jan 2, as ties soured between the once-close countries. Emirati officials have ratcheted up the pressure on Ottawa after failing to secure additional landing rights for their growing government-backed airlines.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 22, UAE state media said a military Hawk training jet has crashed in Ras al-Khaimah, killing the pilot. The single-engine Hawk is made by British defense company BAE Systems.
    (AP, 11/22/10)

2010        Nov 24, Emirati (UAE) leaders prepared a lavish welcome for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who is making her first state visit in more than 30 years to a country with deep British ties.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2010        Nov 29, British pay-TV giant BSkyB and Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp. said they will launch a free-to-air Arabic language news channel under a joint venture.
    (AFP, 11/29/10)

2010        Dec 7, Leaders of six US-allied Gulf Arab nations, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said they were monitoring with "utmost concern" developments in Iran's disputed nuclear program and issued a thinly veiled warning to their Persian neighbor not to meddle in their internal affairs. The 2-day gathering of leaders from the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman followed the publication of leaked US diplomatic memos that revealed deeper concern among Gulf Arab leaders over Tehran's nuclear program than had previously been known.
    (AP, 12/7/10)

2010        Dec 19, A Dubai court sentenced Mark Arnold (42), a Briton, charged with killing Kelly Winter, his South African ex-lover, to life in prison. Winter (36) disappeared in August 2008 following a quarrel with Arnold. Prosecutors charged him with clubbing her to death with a baseball bat and dumping her body with weights in the sea. Her body was never found. Life in prison equals 25 years in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AFP, 12/19/10)

2010        Dec 22, A Dubai court slashed the prison terms for two men convicted in the 2009 slaying of a former Chechen warlord from life to just three years in a surprise ruling that highlighted the international intrigue surrounding the case. The family of the slain Chechen strongman, Sulim Yamadayev, had submitted a letter disavowing any desire for further punishments in connection with the killing.
    (AP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 29, The UAE embassy in Ottawa said on its website that Canadians would be charged $250 for a 30-day single entry visa while a six-month multiple entry visa would cost $1000, with a maximum stay of 14 days during each visit. Tensions have risen between the two countries since Canada denied expanded landing rights for UAE airlines flying to Canada. That triggered a UAE government decision to end access to a military base used by the Canadian military to support troops in Afghanistan.
    (Reuters, 12/29/10)

2010        In Abu Dhabi German entrepreneur Thomas Geissler, creator of the "Gold to Go" brand and chief executive of Ex Oriente Lux, installed a money machine at the Emirates Palace hotel that dispenses pure gold. The cash-for-gold machines were first tested in Germany in 2009.
    (Reuters, 5/13/10)

2011        Jan 9, UAE media reports said Dubai’s Court of Cassation, the last stop in the appeal process, confirmed that the United Arab Emirates' strict indecency codes cover hand gestures and the deportation sentence would stand and upheld the deportation of a Pakistani man for a case of road rage that included a raised middle finger.
    (AP, 1/9/11)

2011        Jan 12, A Dubai court gave a three-year jail sentence to a self-professed African wizard, a blacksmith from Chad, who claimed he could make millions of dollars rain from the sky in exchange for a modest payment to genies.
    (AP, 1/12/11)

2011        Jan 20, Dubai media reported that undercover agents have wrapped up a real sting operation, finding devices that delivered electric shocks to camels to make them run faster in races. Small vibrating robot "jockeys" were being used atop camels for racing in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 1/20/11)

2011        Jan 30, Oman said it has dismantled an Emirati spy ring that was targeting the government and the military in the Gulf sultanate. An official the cell was uncovered five months ago, before it was watched and dismantled by Omani security services.
    (AFP, 1/30/11)

2011        Feb 10, In Dubai convicted killer Rashid Rabee al-Rashidi, a 30-year-old boat captain, was put to death by a firing squad in the first execution in the United Arab Emirates in three years. The execution followed his conviction for raping and killing a boy (4) in a mosque bathroom in November 2009.
    (AP, 2/10/11)

2011        Feb 27, In the United Arab Emirates 4 Americans aboard a turboprop plane were killed when their aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff in Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 2/28/11)

2011        Mar 4, Oman said it has reconciled with the United Arab Emirates after Kuwaiti mediation succeeded in resolving tensions over an alleged spy ring.
    (AP, 3/4/11)

2011        Mar 9, A group of citizens in the United Arab Emirates petitioned the rulers to allow the people to elect parliament. The petition was addressed to the Emirates' president and the ruler of the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
    (AP, 3/9/11)

2011        Mar 21, Abdul Rahman bin Hamad al-Attiyah, secretary general of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, underscored the commitment of Qatar and the UAE to the international military coalition striking Libya but stressed the mission seeks only to protect civilians.
    (AP, 3/21/11)

2011        Mar 24, Dubai police said the Gulf emirate has seized thousands of small arms being smuggled in a sea cargo shipment bound for Yemen. The weapons were discovered in a Dubai warehouse about two weeks ago. The shipment originated in Turkey.
    (AP, 3/24/11)

2011        Mar 28, In Dubai Alain Robert, a French skyscraper climber, scaled the Burj Khalifa in just over 6 hours.
    (SFC, 3/29/11, p.A2)

2011        Apr 1, The UAE-owned MV Arrilah-1 came under attack in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman while sailing from Australia to Dubai. Emirati special forces, with support from the US Navy's 5th Fleet, launched a mission to rescue the vessel while 21 crew members kept safe by locking themselves in a secure room during the hijacking. 10 pirates were captured and handed over to Abu Dhabi.
    (AFP, 4/2/11)(AP, 4/6/11)   

2011        Apr 2, In the UAE Iftikhar Ahmed Khan was shot five times in the head in Ajman, an emirate east of Dubai where he was operating a construction company. Khan, a former mayor of Haripur town in northwestern Pakistan, was held in the 2008 slaying of a provincial official in the region. He was granted bail and left for the UAE.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

2011        Apr 7, UAE blogger and a human rights activist Ahmed Mansour said authorities have launched an "unprecedented campaign of outrages insults and threats" against him since he signed a petition calling for political reform.
    (AP, 4/7/11)

2011        Apr 9, In the UAE activist, Fahad Salem al-Shehhy was detained in Ajman, a federation emirate north of Dubai.
    (AP, 4/10/11)

2011        Apr 10, In the UAE Nasser bin Ghaith, a financial analyst and an economics professor at the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris' Sorbonne university was detained in Dubai.
    (AP, 4/10/11)

2011        Apr 25, Abu Dhabi state news agency said five activists, including a blogger and an academic, were detained for "opposing the government" in the oil-rich Gulf country.
    (AP, 4/25/11)

2011        May 9, Abu Dhabi donated US$32 million dollars to Queensland to help protect the Australian state from cyclones in the wake of a monster storm that hit in February.
    (AFP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 10, The Gulf Co-operation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE) said it welcomed Jordan’s request to join the 6-member group. Jordan had first applied for membership in the mid-1980s. The GCC said it would encourage Morocco to also join.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.54)(http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=13586238)

2011        May 15, The New York Times reported that the crown prince of Abu Dhabi has hired Erik Prince, the founder of private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, to set up an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 5/15/11)

2011        Jul 19, A United Arab Emirates fighter plane crashed during a training mission, killing the pilot.
    (AP, 7/20/11)

2011        Aug 7, In Dubai water pipes ruptured during maintenance at the seven-building Oceana complex on one of the iconic palm islands, forcing residents to bath in the sea and head to the malls to use the restroom.
    (AP, 8/11/11)

2011        Sep 24, In the UAE voters chosen by the rulers of the United Arab Emirates began casting their ballots in only the second-ever polls to elect half of the members of the powerless Federal National Council. Some 129,000 Emirati citizens were eligible to elect 20 representatives out of 450 candidates, including some 85 women, in 13 voting centers across the Gulf state whose leadership has promised gradual political participation.
    (AFP, 9/24/11)

2011        Oct 7, Dubai's flagship Emirates airline said it will sponsor Britain's first urban cable car spanning London's river Thames, saying it hoped the new addition to the city's skyline would be ready for next year's Olympics. The 10-year-deal was valued at 36 million pounds.
    (Reuters, 10/7/11)

2011        Oct 25, The UAE said a ship carrying 450 tons of diesel fuel sank off the coast of Umm al-Quwain emirate.
    (SFC, 10/26/11, p.A2)

2011        Nov 11, Ahmad Rezaei, the son of prominent Iranian conservative Mohsen Rezaei, died in Dubai's Gloria Hotel in an apparent suicide. Prior to his return to Iran in 2005, Ahmad Rezaei had lived in the United States and openly criticized Tehran's rulers. His father had run against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009.
    (AP, 11/13/11)

2011        Nov 13, Emirates Airlines launched the Dubai Airshow with a record $18-billion order for 50 Boeing 777s, giving the US company a flying start on its European rival Airbus at the prestigious event.
    (AFP, 11/13/11)

2011        Nov 14, Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO signed an agreement with Airbus to buy 50 A320neo aircraft, valued at $4.6 billion at list price, the two sides announced at Dubai Airshow.
    (AFP, 11/14/11)

2011        Nov 27, A United Arab Emirates state security court sentenced five activists, who have campaigned for political freedoms, to prison terms of up to three years. The top court handed blogger Ahmed Mansoor a three-year prison sentence, while four others received two years each. Within 24 hours a presidential pardon was issued to release them.
    (AP, 11/27/11)(AFP, 11/28/11)

2011        Nov 30, The United Arab Emirates announced that children of Emirati women married to foreigners could apply for citizenship once they turned 18, moving closer to giving women the same nationality rights as men.
    (AFP, 11/30/11)

2011        Dec 19, The Air Berlin group, Germany's 2nd-largest airline, said United Arab Emirates airline, Etihad, is to pay 72.9 million euros ($95 million) to become its biggest shareholder.
    (AP, 12/19/11)

2011        Dec 25, The United States reached a deal to sell $3.48 billion worth of missiles and related technology to the United Arab Emirates, as part of a massive buildup of defense technology among friendly Mideast nations near Iran. The deal was made public on Dec 30.
    (AP, 12/31/11)

2011        UAE citizens accounted for less than a fifth of the resident population which numbered about 8.2 million.
    (Econ, 7/2/11, p.39)

2012        Jan 10, Activists said Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 10 people in the eastern city of in Deir el-Zour despite the presence of an Arab observer mission in the area. The UAE's foreign minister accused the Syrian regime of not facilitating the job of Arab League observers,
    (AP, 1/10/12)(AFP, 1/10/12)

2012        Feb 10, Nearly 2,000 Syrians took part in a demonstration outside the Syrian consulate in Dubai.
    (AP, 2/26/12)

2012        Feb 26, Syrian activists said Emirati authorities have cancelled the residencies of dozens of Syrians for taking part in a Feb 10 protest against their regime outside the consulate in Dubai.
    (AP, 2/26/12)

2012        Mar 24, Chechnya's first lady, Medni Kadyrova, displayed her Islamic fashion collection to a captivated audience in Dubai, faithful to the politics of her husband who has sought to impose Islamic dress codes in the Caucasus republic.
    (AP, 3/25/12)

2012        Mar, Careem, a ride-hailing service, was founded in Dubai and began operations in July as a website-based service for corporate car bookings. It soon evolved to become a transportation network company with car hire for everyday use.

2012        Apr 29, In the northern United Arab Emirates security agents in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah detained Saleh al-Dhufairi, a rights activist, as part of an apparent widening crackdown on perceived opposition figures.
    (AP, 4/29/12)

2012        May 6, Sky News Arabia, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi royal and the British broadcaster BSkyB, launched a 24-hour Arabic-language news channel with a pledge to be impartial in a region where government influence over media is endemic.
    (Reuters, 5/8/12)

2012        May 20, UAE state news agency WAM reported that the president of the Gulf federation is ordering the settlement of personal debts of up to 5 million dirhams ($1.4 million) for citizens in default. Emirati leaders periodically cancel debts of citizens. A similar debt forgiveness order in January covered thousands of Emiratis owing up to 1 million dirhams ($272,480) apiece.
    (AP, 5/20/12)

2012        May 22, In the UAE a federal court convicted 10 Somali pirates captured during a raid to retake MV Arrilah-1 on April 1, 2011, and sentenced them to life behind bars.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, Sri Lankan authorities seized 1.5 tons of African ivory marked as plastic waste and addressed to a buyer in Dubai. They informed the authorities in the United Arab Emirates and Kenya to take action against the shipper and the consignee.
    (AFP, 5/23/12)

2012        May 31, Nearly 300 stores in the Gulf emirate of Dubai banned the sale of cigarettes for 24 hours to mark the World No Tobacco Day.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)

2012        Jun 25, In Abu Dhabi two unnamed men, a Briton (21) and a Syrian (19), were convicted on charges of selling 20 grams (nearly three quarters of an ounce) of marijuana and sentenced by the criminal court to death.
    (AP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 28, In Dubai Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and his counterpart Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo of Somaliland agreed to boost cooperation between their different factions. The two men signed the "Dubai Charter" in the presence of the leaders of Puntland and Galmudug, two self-proclaimed autonomous regions in Somalia.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jul 4, The Swiss government temporarily blocked all arms shipments to the United Arab Emirates after a newspaper published a photograph indicating that a Swiss-made hand grenade was found in Syria. The hand grenade appearing in a photograph published July 1 by Zurich weekly Sonntagszeitung came from a shipment of 225,162 hand grenades by Swiss-based RUAG Holding AG to the United Arab Emirates in 2003.
    (AP, 7/5/12)

2012        Jul 5, A Dubai court ordered the release on bail of Ohio-raised Zack Shahin (52), who was in jail on fraud charges and has been on a hunger strike since May 14. Shahin, at the time managing director of property developer Deyaar, was arrested in 2008 and charged the following year with embezzling more than 98 million dirhams (then $27 million). Shahin was released on July 12, but was soon caught fleeing the country.
    (AFP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/13/12)(AP, 9/6/12)

2012        Jul 15, Officials in the United Arab Emirates inaugurated a key overland oil pipeline bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, giving the OPEC member insurance against Iranian threats to block the strategic waterway.
    (AP, 7/15/12)

2012        Jul 16, The United Arab Emirates deported an online activist to Thailand after stripping him of citizenship, part of a widening crackdown on alleged anti-state challenges since the Arab Spring uprisings. Ahmed Abdul Khaleq was deported on a Comoros Islands passport arranged by UAE authorities in the first such banishment by the country. He is among a group of activists whose citizenship has been revoked by UAE officials after they campaigned for reforms.
    (AP, 7/16/12)
2012        Jul 16, US Navy gunners aboard the USNS Rappahannock, a refueling ship, opened fire on a small boat racing toward them in broad daylight near the Gulf city of Dubai. One Indian was killed in the incident, and three of his countrymen were seriously wounded. An Indian fisherman aboard the boat told officials the crew received no warning before being fired upon. In 2013 a Navy investigation said the sailors acted within rules of engagement.
    (AP, 7/17/12)(AP, 4/8/13)

2012        Jul, In Dubai British tourists Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams were arrested for what police said was the synthetic drug known as Spice found in their rented car.
    (AP, 4/29/13)(Reuters, 7/20/13)

2012        Aug 1, The United Arab Emirates said it has signed and Australia have signed a pact with Australia to work together on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, laying the groundwork for potential shipments of uranium to the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug 15, The United Arab Emirates said it has awarded six fuel contracts valued at $3 billion for its first nuclear power plant, expected to start up by 2017. The contracts were awarded to US ConverDyn; Canadian Uranium One, Inc.; the UK-based firm URENCO; Anglo-Australian giant Rio Tinto; Russia's firm TENEX and France's Areva.
    (AP, 8/15/12)
2012        Aug 15, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar all ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon.
    (AFP, 8/16/12)

2012        Oct 15, Malala Yousufzai (14), the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban gunmen for advocating education for girls, was flown in an air ambulance, provided by the United Arab Emirates, to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
    (AP, 10/15/12)

2012        Nov 4, Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a new naval base to reinforce Tehran's authority over three Persian Gulf islands also claimed by the neighboring United Arab Emirates. Iran took control of the Persian Gulf islands in 1971, after British forces left the region. Since 1992 the UAE has repeatedly claimed the islands. Last month at the UN General Assembly it said Iran's "occupation" violates international law.
    (AP, 11/4/12)

2012        Nov 13, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) set stricter Internet monitoring and enforcement codes giving authorities wider leeway to crack down on Web activists for offenses such as mocking the country’s rules or calling for demonstrations.
    (SFC, 11/14/12, p.A3)

2012        Nov, Dubai unveiled plans for Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) City.
The city within a city will feature more than 100 hotels.
    (Econ, 1/5/13, p.57)

2012        Dec 14, Envoys in Dubai from nearly 90 nations signed the first new UN telecommunications treaty since the Internet age, but the US and other Western nations refused to join after claiming it endorses greater government control over cyberspace. The Int’l. Telecommunications Union (ITU) has no technical powers to change how the Internet operates or force countries to follow its nonbinding accords.
    (AP, 12/14/12)

2012        Dec 20, A statement from RAND spokesman Jeffrey Hiday says the group shut its Abu Dhabi office at the "request" of officials. The office conducted research into areas such as education and environment.
    (AP, 12/20/12)

2012        Abu Dhabi’s IPIC sovereign wealth fund offered to guarantee loans that Malaysia’s state investment firm 1MDB needed to acquire two power firms. In 2016 IPIC said it never received collateral and other monies supposedly due to it under the deal. 1MDB appears to have wired payments to an unrelated shell company registered in the British Virgin Islands. Investigators at America’s Justice Dept. said former officials from IPIC and 1MDB benefited and that more than $200 million of missing money went to an account controlled by Riza Aziz, the stepson of Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, and that $30 million went to Najib himself. Both men denied wrongdoing.
    (Econ, 4/29/17, p.30)
2012        The population of Abu Dhabi was about 2 million. Income due to oil wealth was about $90,000 per person, 2nd only to Qatar.
    (Econ, 11/24/12, p.58)

2013        Jan 15, French Pres. Francois Hollande opened talks with top leaders in Abu Dhabi in hopes of pushing ahead efforts to sell up to 60 Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates and strengthen French ties in Gulf energy and defense industries.
    (AP, 1/15/13)

2013        Feb 26, In Dubai the 72-storey Marriott Marquis Dubai hotel officially opened setting a world record of tallest hotel at 1,009 feet.
    (SFC, 2/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Mar 25, A Dubai court convicted American businessman Zack Shahin for fraud and sentenced him to 15 years' imprisonment after a nearly five-year legal battle that included a hunger strike and a failed attempt to flee.
    (AP, 3/25/13)

2013        Apr 5, Activists say Tanzania's government is preparing to kick Maasai tribesmen off their land near to allow a company from the United Arab Emirates to use the land for hunting. Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism announced last week it is shrinking the size of the Loliondo Game Controlled Areas.
    (AP, 4/5/13)

2013        Apr 18, The United Arab Emirates said that authorities have arrested seven suspected members of terrorist cell linked to al-Qaida that allegedly planned to carry out operations in the country and the region.
    (AP, 4/18/13)

2013        Apr 23, It was reported that the authrities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches warning of possible fines for revealing swimwear.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 29, A Dubai court sentenced three British tourists to four years in prison on drug charges in a case that drew international scrutiny over claims of abuses in custody. Suneet Jeerh, Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, were arrested last July with what police said was the synthetic drug known as Spice.
    (AP, 4/29/13)

2013        Apr 30, UAE state news agency WAM said that Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) would own 60% of the Bab joint venture's equity and Royal Dutch Shell would hold the rest.
    (AP, 4/30/13)

2013        May 5, In Tanzania a bomb thrown from a motorcycle on a Catholic church in Arusha left 2 people dead. 4 Saudi Arabian citizens were initially identified as among the 6 people arrested. The UAE later said 3 of those arrested were from the UAE.
    (AP, 5/6/13)(AP, 5/8/13)

2013        May 20, United Arab Emirates-based construction company Arabtec said it's working to resolve a rare strike by laborers seeking higher wages. Arabtec said an undisclosed number of workers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have stayed in camps for a second day.
    (AP, 5/20/13)

2013        Jun 5, It was reported that a Dubai real estate company has started construction on a new Hyatt resort on St. Kitts. Investors putting up $400,000 in the project would be eligible for island citizenship.
    (SFC, 6/5/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 19, A state security prosecutor in the United Arab Emirates said 30 Egyptian and UAE suspects have been charged with plotting a coup linked to a network of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, in a case likely to further strain relations with Cairo.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 20, Iran's state TV said the country's navy has detained 13 fishermen from two United Arab Emirates vessels after they trespassed into what the report said were Iranian territorial waters.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

2013        Jul 2, In the United Arab Emirates 61 convicted coup plotters received jail terms of up to 10 years after a trial that targeted Islamists and drew criticism from human rights groups.
    (Reuters, 7/2/13)

2013        Jul 9, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirate promised $8 billion in grants, loans and badly needed gas and oil to Egypt.
    (AP, 7/10/13)

2013        Jul 12, It was reported that hundreds of Shiites have been quietly expelled from the United Arab Emirates on suspicion of being supporters of Hezbollah.
    (SFC, 7/12/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 17, In Dubai Marte Deborah Dalelv (24), a Norwegian woman, was sentenced to 16 months in jail for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape. On July 19 she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. Norwegian diplomats secured her release and she has been allowed to remain at the Norwegian Seamen's Center in central Dubai. She said her alleged attacker received a 13-month sentence for out-of-wedlock sex and alcohol consumption. On July 22 Dubai pardoned Dalelv.
    (AP, 7/19/13)(Reuters, 7/22/13)

2013        Jul 19, Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates said they have identified four new cases of a respiratory virus related to SARS whose main concentration has been in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
    (AP, 7/19/13)

2013        Jul 20, In Dubai 3 Britons jailed for more than a year on drugs charges were reported freed as part of an amnesty for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)

2013        Aug 1, Abu Dhabi-based  Etihad Airways said it plans to acquire a 49% stake in Serbia's JAT Airways in a wide-ranging deal that will bring a new name and expanded routes for the struggling Belgrade-based carrier.
    (AP, 8/1/13)

2013        Sep 5, An activist said 18 jailed United Arab Emirates nationals are on hunger strike in protest at what they say is ill-treatment following their conviction of plotting to overthrow the government.
    (Reuters, 9/5/13)

2013        Sep 25, The United Arab Emirates announced $100 million to Morocco in "financial support" to build solar and wind power farms.
    (AFP, 9/25/13)

2013        Sep 26, Dubai said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Sonangol to build a crude oil refinery aimed at meeting rising domestic demand.
    (AFP, 9/26/13)

2013        Oct 13, In Dubai 3 workers were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
    (AP, 10/14/13)

2013        Oct 22, Finland-based Nokia showed off its first tablet in Abu Dhabi, the Lumia 2520, at its last launch party as much of the company faced acquisition by Microsoft.
    (Econ, 10/26/13, p.73)

2013        Oct 27, Dubai opened passenger operations at its second airport, Al-Maktoum International, touted to be the world's largest once it is completed.
    (AFP, 10/27/13)

2013        Nov 5, In Abu Dhabi 30 Emiratis and Egyptians went on trial accused of setting up an illegal branch of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood in the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)

2013        Nov 17, The Dubai Airshow took off with huge aircraft orders and commitments worth around $100 billion for Boeing and $40 billion for Airbus from Gulf carriers.
    (AFP, 11/17/13)(SFC, 11/18/13, p.A2)

2013        Nov 18, Twitter users in Kuwait and the UAE received prison terms, in the latest sign of widening crackdowns in the region on social media for posts considered offensive or against state security.
    (AP, 11/18/13)

2013        Nov 25, Guinea’s government said Abu Dhabi investment fund Mubadala and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) have signed a five-billion-dollar deal with Guinea that should secure resources for UAE aluminium makers.
    (AFP, 11/25/13)

2013        Nov 29, Abu Dhabi authorities said two new cases of the potentially deadly MERS respiratory virus, including a heavily pregnant woman, have been reported in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AFP, 11/29/13)

2013        Dec 23, In Dubai Shezanne Cassim (29), a US citizen man detained for months, and seven co-defendants were fined and sentenced to jail after being convicted in connection to a satirical video about youth culture. Officials charged that the film spoofing would-be Dubai "gangstas" ran afoul of a 2012 cybercrimes law.
    (AP, 12/23/13)
2013        Dec 23, Dubai media reported that police have made a record drug seizure of some 4.6 million Captagon pills, an amphetamine-like stimulant, worth more than $31 million (23 million euros).
    (AFP, 12/23/13)

2014        Jan 1, Guinness World Records said Dubai shattered the world record for the largest ever pyrotechnic display on New Year's Eve with a show involving more than half a million fireworks.
    (AFP, 1/1/14)

2014        Jan 19, The UAE cabinet approved a draft law making it compulsory for Emirati men to serve in the military for up to two years.
    (AFP, 1/19/14)

2014        Jan 21, In Abu Dhabi a court jailed a group of 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians to terms ranging from three months to five years for forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell.
    (AP, 1/21/14)

2014        Jan 23, Human Rights Watch hit out at the United Arab Emirates for preventing it from holding a news conference to release a report criticizing rights violations in the Gulf state.
    (AFP, 1/23/14)

2014        Jan 24, UAE President Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (65) suffered a stroke. His condition after surgery was reported as stable.
    (AP, 1/25/14)

2014        Feb 22, Afghan President Karzai's High Peace Council said it has held meetings with a breakaway faction of senior Taliban leaders in Dubai. The Taliban has denied links to the faction, organized by former Taliban finance minister Aga Jan Mohtism.
    (AP, 2/22/14)

2014        Feb 27, The United Arab Emirates' state news agency said two crew members have been killed in the crash of a military training aircraft.
    (AP, 2/27/14)

2014        Mar 3, The United Arab Emirates' top court in Abu Dhabi convicted Qatari Dr. Mahmoud al-Jaidah and sentenced him to seven years behind bars on charges linked to cooperating with an illegal clandestine organization that aimed to overthrow the government.
    (AP, 3/3/14)

2014        Mar 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar on Wednesday in an unprecedented public split between Gulf Arab allies who have fallen out over the role of Islamists in a region in turmoil.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)

2014        Apr 6, In London three women from the United Arab Emirates were in hospital after being savagely attacked in their room at the four-star Cumberland Hotel by a man wielding a hammer.
    (AFP, 4/7/14)

2014        Apr 11, The United Arab Emirates announced that one of six Filipino paramedics in Abu Dhabi, who have been infected by the MERS coronavirus, has died from the respiratory disease. The WHO said that it had been told of 212 laboratory-confirmed cases of MERS infection worldwide, of which 88 have proved fatal.
    (AFP, 4/11/14)

2014        Apr 13, The United Arab Emirates finance minister said that officials are finalizing a new law to boost entrepreneurship with broad incentives, part of a wider push to create jobs for a burgeoning young population. Pres. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan signed into law a measure to promote small firms.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.61)

2014        Apr 15, Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed bilateral relations and regional developments. Zarif also met the Gulf federation's foreign minister, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 4/15/14)

2014        Apr 17, Afghan officials said a leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the UAE, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai's efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office. Agha Jan Mutassim, a finance minister during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, had been missing for over a week.
    (Reuters, 4/17/14)

2014        Apr 29, The UAE convicted American drummer James Kottak of insulting Islam and being under the influence of alcohol while in transit at Dubai airport and sentenced him to one month in jail.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 29, The US targeted companies from China and Dubai for allegedly helping Iran evade weapons and oil sanctions, a signal Washington will keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)

2014        May 10, In Dubai 15 migrant workers were killed in a bus crash. At least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.
    (AP, 5/11/14)

2014        May 14, United Arab Emirates telecommunications firm Etisalat said it has completed a deal to buy French entertainment company Vivendi's majority stake in Morocco's Maroc Telecom.
    (AP, 5/14/14)

2014        Jun 1, The crown prince of Abu Dhabi and other international donors said they are committing a combined $80 million to fund the conservation of lions, tigers and other wild cats.
    (AP, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 4, The UAE said the MERS coronavirus has killed 10 people and infected 68 in the United Arab Emirates since March 2013.
    (AFP, 6/4/14)

2014        Jun 7, The United Arab Emirates announced a new law requiring compulsory military service for adult males, formalizing a proposal outlined earlier in the year to bolster the ranks of the US-allied Gulf federation's armed forces.
    (AP, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 23, The United Arab Emirates jailed seven men for belonging to an al Qaeda network and aiding its affiliate in Syria. Six were jailed for seven years, one was given life. They were arrested last year on suspicion of planning attacks on the UAE.
    (Reuters, 6/23/14)

2014        Jun 25, Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways said it had reached a deal in principle to buy a 49 percent stake in struggling Italian carrier Alitalia. In return Alitalia agreed to cut 20% of its work force.
    (AP, 6/25/14)(Econ, 6/28/14, p.58)

2014        Jun 27, The United Arab Emirates arrested two Qatar citizens, Hamad Ali al-Hamadi and Yousef Abdelsamad al-Mulla, at the Ghweifat border crossing between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both were described as "spies" by Emirati media.
    (AFP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 5, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said Dubai is launching a project to build an entertainment and hotel district that will include the world's largest shopping mall.
    (Reuters, 7/5/14)

2014        Jul 9, The US Treasury Department sanctioned three companies suspected of aiding the Syrian government: Pangates International Corp., a petroleum company based in the United Arab Emirates, Expert Partners and Megatrade, two Syrian-based companies.
    (AP, 7/9/14)

2014        Jul 16, The United Arab Emirates announced it will create a space agency with the aim of sending the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.
    (AFP, 7/16/14)

2014        Aug 8, Etihad, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, agreed to inject a further $750 million into Alitalia in return for a 49% stake.
    (Econ, 8/16/14, p.55)

2014        Aug 25, American officials confirmed that jets of the United Arab Emirates launched two attacks in seven days on the Islamists in Tripoli using bases in Egypt.
    (AFP, 8/26/14)

2014        Aug 18, In Libya unidentified warplanes bombed militia positions in Tripoli. They were later identified as aircraft based in Egypt and flown by pilots from the UAE.
    (Reuters, 8/18/14)(Reuters, 8/19/14)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.44)

2014        Aug 23, In Libya unidentified war planes attacked positions of an armed faction in Tripoli. They were later identified as aircraft based in Egypt and flown by pilots from the UAE. 15 fighters were reported killed and dozens wounded. Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition said they have captured Tripoli's battered international airport. Fighting erupted between renegade general Khalifa Haftar’s troops and allied army special forces with Islamists in two Benghazi suburbs, killing 8 soldiers and wounding 35. Egypt denied any air operations in Libya.
    (AP, 8/23/14)(AFP, 8/24/14)(Reuters, 8/24/14)(SFC, 8/25/14, p.A2)(Econ, 8/30/14, p.44)

2014        Aug, The United Arab Emirates detained Libyan Americans Kamal Eldarat (59) and his son Mohammed (34) on charges they illegally raised funds for a foreign entity and took hostile actions against a foreign country. They were not formally charged until almost 18 months after their arrest. On May 30, 2016 both men were acquitted along with two other co-defendants, Canadian dual-national Sami Alaradi and Libyan national Issa Almanna.
    (AP, 5/30/16)

2014        Sep 23, The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates participated in or supported the strikes against Islamic State targets. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 70 Islamic State fighters were killed in strikes that hit at least 50 targets in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor and Hasakah provinces. It also said at least 50 fighters and 8 civilians were killed in strikes targeting al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, in northern Aleppo and Idlib provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)

2014        Sep 27, Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria. US strikes hit the besieged area around Kobani and forces from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the UAE contributed to strikes around the country. 
    (Reuters, 9/27/14)(SSFC, 9/28/14, p.A8)

2014        Oct 5, Human Rights Watch accused the United Arab Emirates of secretly arresting 10 Libyan citizens and six Emiratis in August and September and called on authorities in Abu Dhabi to reveal their whereabouts.
    (AP, 10/5/14)

2014        Oct 12, In Cairo, Egypt, US Sec. of State John Kerry presided over a conference on peace in the Middle East and announced an additional $212 million in US aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Qatar said it would provide $1 billion in reconstruction assistance for Gaza, while fellow Gulf Arab states Kuwait and United Arab Emirates promised $200 million each. Germany also announced it would contribute 50 million euros ($63 million) to reconstruction efforts in Gaza.
    (Reuters, 10/12/14)
2014        Oct 12, The US Central Command said warplanes from the United States, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates conducted four airstrikes in Syria over the weekend, including three in Kobani that destroyed an Islamic State fighting position and staging area.
    (AP, 10/12/14)

2014        Oct 21, In Abu Dhabi Robert Alan Black (70), an American man who came to the United Arab Emirates to speak at a conference on creative thinking, was arrested for taking a photograph of a subject deemed off-limits by authorities.
    (AP, 11/3/14)

2014        Nov 12, South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries said it had signed a $1.94 billion deal to build offshore oil and gas processing platforms in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AFP, 11/12/14)

2014        Nov 15, The United Arab Emirates issued a list of 83 terrorist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
    (SSFC, 11/16/14, p.A6)

2014        Nov 16, Gulf states agreed to welcome Qatar back to the fold following a row over its support for Islamists. Last March Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE announced the withdrawal of their envoys from Qatar in protest at its "interference" in their internal affairs by supporting Islamists.
    (AFP, 11/19/14)

2014        Nov 25, In the United Arab Emirates Osama al-Najjar, the son of a jailed activist, was himself sentenced to prison and fined after being convicted over messages sent on social media and of joining an illegal group. His father, Hussain al-Najjar, was one of 69 people convicted last year of plotting to overthrow the government.
    (AP, 11/25/14)

2014        Dec 1, In Abu Dhabi American school teacher Ebolya Ryan (37) was stabbed to death in a public restroom at a mall by a suspect wearing the traditional black robe, full-face veil and gloves. On Dec 4 the UAE interior minister said that police have arrested a female suspect in the stabbing death and revealed that the attacker also planted a bomb outside the home of another American. On June 29, 2015, Alaa Bader Abdullah was sentenced to death for the murder of Ryan. She was executed in July. In December her husband, identified by Emirati media by his initials M.A.H., was charged with planning attacks on tourist buses and an American military base. On May 9, 2016, he was jailed for life.
    (AP, 12/3/14)(AP, 12/4/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.51)(AP, 6/29/15)

2014        Dec 9, The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) agreed to create a joint naval force based out of Bahrain and announced a police force based in Abu Dhabi.
    (SSFC, 12/14/14, p.A22)
2014        Dec 9, London's New Scotland Yard, the world's most famous police headquarters, was reported sold to the Abu Dhabi Financial Group for 370 million pounds ($580 million), 120 million pounds over the asking price. The Gulf investors plan to develop luxury apartments. The Metropolitan Police was moving to a smaller headquarters as it tries to cut more than 500 million pounds ($800 million) in spending.
    (AP, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 10, The United Arab Emirates reported that four Emiratis tried in absentia received life sentences after they were found guilty of trying to set up an al-Qaida affiliate in the Gulf nation and aiding rebels fighting in Syria. Seven other men, including citizens of the Emirates, Syria and the Comoros Islands, received between three and 15 years imprisonment. Four other defendants were acquitted.
    (AP, 12/10/14)

2014        Dec, The United Arab Emirates dropped out of the group of countries conducting airstrikes against IS targets in Syria.
    (AP, 2/4/15)

2014        Dubai airport overtook Heathrow in London this year to become the world’s busiest int’l. airport with 68.9 million annual passengers.
    (Econ, 1/10/15, p.44)

2015        Jan 15, Dubai launched a project to build a solar plant to produce 200 megawatt of electricity, as part of plans to generate five percent of the emirate's power from renewables by 2030.
    (AFP, 1/15/15)

2015        Feb 4, In Bosnia the mayor of Trnovo said a Dubai-based construction company plans to build a luxury resort worth 2.3 billion euro ($2.6 billion) on a mountain near Sarajevo, a ski resort where three decades ago the Winter Olympics were held.
    (AP, 2/4/15)

2015        Feb 7, The United Arab Emirates said it has ordered a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, which would participate in airstrikes on the Islamic State group after the UAE earlier suspended its involvement.
    (AP, 2/7/15)
2015        Feb 7, An alleged audiotape aired on a Brotherhood-allied TV station  in which Egypt’s Pres. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and a top aide purportedly banter about how rich Persian Gulf Arabs are and add up the billions they intend to seek. Financial help, estimated at some $32 billion, has helped keep Egypt afloat after years of instability. On Feb 9 el-Sissi called leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE, praising their wisdom and saying relations won’t be undermined by “nefarious attempts" to do so.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lyprfja)(SFC, 2/11/15, p.A2)

2015        Feb 10, The United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group from an air base in Jordan.
    (AP, 2/10/15)

2015        Feb 12, Air strikes by the United Arab Emirates against the Islamic State group hit oil refineries run by the jihadists.
    (AFP, 2/17/15)

2015        Feb 15, A Jordanian court sentenced Zaki Bani Rsheid (57), a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to 18 months in prison for criticizing a decision by the United Arab Emirates to blacklist his organization.
    (AFP, 2/14/15)

2015        Feb 20, In Abu Dhabi a fire gutted a building on the outskirts of the Emirati capital, killing 10 laborers who had been illegally living in a storage area inside.
    (AP, 2/21/15)

2015        Feb 24, Ukraine's Pres. Petro Poroshenko said his country has signed an agreement to cooperate with the United Arab Emirates on military and technical issues as he kicked off a visit to the Western-allied Gulf nation.
    (AP, 2/24/15)

2015        Feb 27, The United Arab Emirates said it will reopen its Yemeni embassy in the southern port city of Aden, where Pres. Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has set up a seat of power since being driven from the capital.
    (Reuters, 2/27/15)

2015        Mar 8, United Arab Emirates airlines Emirates, flydubai and Etihad Airways said they have suspended flights to Erbil, citing security concerns as Islamic State razes ancient cities in Iraq's north.
    (Reuters, 3/8/15)

2015        Mar 9, The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from Abu Dhabi on a bid to make the first round-the-world tour. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg (63) will trade flying the Si2 with Bertrand Piccard. The epic journey was scheduled to spread over five months, with a total flight time of around 25 days.
    (AFP, 3/9/15)(SFC, 3/9/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 10, In Dubai several hundred South Asian migrant workers held a rare protest in the heart of downtown, temporarily blocking traffic and demanding higher wages. The Dubai police said that they resolved the issue in less than an hour after talking with the workers.
    (AP, 3/10/15)

2015        Mar 13, Egypt opened an int’l. conference to promote an ambitious recovery plan. Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia all promised investments and aid of $4 billion each.
    (SFC, 3/14/15, p.A2)

2015        Apr 2, Dubai-based port operator DP World said it has reached a deal to acquire the Fairview container terminal in Canada from Deutsche Bank for 580 million Canadian dollars, or about $457 million.
    (AP, 4/2/15)
2015        Apr 2, A major sandstorm whipped through the Mideast's commercial hub of Dubai and other Gulf cities, reducing visibility, diverting flights and making breathing outside a challenge.
    (AP, 4/2/15)

2015        Apr 6, In Dubai twenty-eight men and women were reported fined or jailed for attending an alcohol-fuelled sex party on a yacht.
    (AFP, 4/6/15)

2015        Apr 26, Serbia sealed an agreement with an Abu Dhabi investor for a multi-billion-dollar, Dubai-style riverside development that has drawn fire from some Belgraders worried about the scale and cost of the project.
    (Reuters, 4/26/15)

2015        Apr 29, The United Arab Emirates pulverized a mound of confiscated elephant tusks and ivory carvings to send a message against poaching and ivory trafficking.
    (SFC, 4/30/15, p.A2)

2015        May 14, Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired warning shots at the Alpine Eternity, a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf, which had collided on March 22 with an Iranian oil rig. The Iranian boats then departed the area after UAE authorities deployed coast guard boats in response to calls for help.
    (AFP, 5/14/15)

2015        May 25, The United Arab Emirates laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.
    (AP, 5/25/15)

2015        Jun 8, In Poland Emirati PM Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the emir of Dubai, met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski as the two countries sought greater cooperation in the areas of tourism, agriculture, higher education and scientific research.
    (AP, 6/8/15)

2015        Jun 29, A man in the United Arab Emirates was sentenced to three years in jail for Twitter posts allegedly insulting the Gulf country's Supreme Court. Nasser al-Faresi (27) allegedly called the proceedings of a 2012 sedition trial a "judicial farce" and insulted the UAE's president and Abu Dhabi's crown prince.
    (Reuters, 6/30/15)

2015        Jul 7, Abdulaziz al-Ghurair, the son of wealthy Emirati businessman Abdullah al-Ghurair, said his father is giving away a third of his assets, or more than a billion dollars, to educate Arab youth.
    (AP, 7/7/15)

2015        Jul 8, The United Arab Emirates and the US launched the Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi. The new digital communications effort focused on using social media to counter the Islamic State group’s propaganda efforts.
    (SFC, 7/9/15, p.A4)

2015        Jul 13, The United Arab Emirates put to death by firing squad Bader al-Hashemi (30), an Emirati woman convicted of the jihadist-inspired murder of a US school teacher. Hashemi was sentenced to death last month for stabbing to death mother of three Ibolya Ryan (47) in a toilet of an Abu Dhabi shopping mall on December 1, 2014.
    (AFP, 7/13/15)

2015        Jul 20, The United Arab Emirates announced new legislation aimed at combatting intolerance that outlaws actions which stoke religious hatred and discriminate based on religious or ethnic background.
    (AP, 7/20/15)

2015        Jul 22, The United Arab Emirates said it is ending gas price subsidies effective Aug 1. Current prices were about $1.78 per gallon.
    (SSFC, 7/26/15, p.A4)

2015        Aug 2, The United Arab Emirates' top prosecutor referred 41 people to trial on charges of planning to carry out terrorist acts with the aim of overthrowing the government and establishing an extremist state.
    (AP, 8/2/15)

2015        Aug 8, UAE state news agency WAM said 3 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates have been killed while taking part in a Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen's dominant Houthi group.
    (Reuters, 8/8/15)

2015        Aug 23, The United Arab Emirates said that its military freed British hostage Robert Douglas Semple (64) who was kidnapped 18 months ago by al-Qaida in Yemen. The UAE has military forces in Aden and is part of a Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab countries that has been bombing the Houthis and their allies since late March.
    (AP, 8/23/15)

2015        Sep 4, In Yemen Iranian-allied Houthis attacked a weapons storage facility in Marib killing 45 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 5 Bahrainis, 10 Saudis and 4 Yemenis.
    (Reuters, 9/4/15)(AFP, 9/5/15)(Reuters, 9/6/15)

2015        Sep 25, At the UN international leaders approved an ambitious 15-year plan to tackle the world's biggest problems, from eradicating poverty to preserving the planet to reducing inequality.
    (AP, 9/25/15)

2015        Sep 26, In NYC Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking at a sustainable development summit of world leaders at the UN, announced that Beijing will establish an assistance fund with an initial pledge of $2 billion to help developing countries implement a global sustainable development agenda over the next 15 years.
    (Reuters, 9/26/15)

2015        Sep 29, The United Arab Emirates announced labor reforms to be enforced from Jan. 1 aimed at curbing abuse and protecting the rights of millions of foreign workers.
    (AFP, 9/29/15)

2015        Oct 3, Citizens of the United Arab Emirates went to polls to fill the elected seats on a government advisory body. Despite a broadening of the franchise some citizens were still denied the vote.
    (AFP, 10/3/15)

2015        Oct 4, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched a new foundation to consolidate a range of existing charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually.
    (AP, 10/4/15)

2015        Oct 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed al-Nahyan to discuss security in the Middle East and the conflict in Syria.
    (Reuters, 10/11/15)

2015        Oct 16, In Yemen an Emirati officer was killed in a drive-by shooting in the southern port city of Aden, the sixth assassination of pro-government troop leaders and officials in recent weeks.
    (AP, 10/17/15)

2015        Nov 9, The United Arab Emirates Air Force announced a $1.27-billion deal with Swedish defense giant Saab to purchase two surveillance planes and upgrade two others.
    (AFP, 11/9/15)

2015        Nov 10, At the Dubai Airshow Airbus and Vietnamese air carrier Vietjet announced a deal for 30 new aircraft easily worth over $3 billion at list prices.
    (AP, 11/10/15)

2015        Nov 15, The US Pentagon said five men who have been held for more than 13 years at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the United Arab Emirates. Their release brings the Guantanamo prison population to 107.
    (AP, 11/16/15)

2015        Nov 26, It was reported that the United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to the conflict in Yemen. 450 Latin American troops also included Panamanian, Salvadoran and Chilean soldiers.
    (SFC, 11/26/15, p.A8)

2015        In the UAE Dubailand, a tourism and entertainment complex, hoped to attract 15 million tourists annually by this time. This amounted to about 40,000 visitors per day.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.85)

2016        Jan 21, Dubai-based port operator DP World and the Russian Direct Investment Fund said they are launching a joint venture to develop ports, transportation and logistics infrastructure in Russia.
    (AP, 1/21/16)

2016        Feb 7, A top official in the United Arab Emirates said that his country is prepared to send ground troops to Syria to fight Islamic State militants as part of an international coalition.
    (AP, 2/7/16)

2016        Feb 8, At a conference in Dubai world leaders called on governments to be responsive to and inclusive of their citizens.
    (AP, 2/8/16)

2016        Feb 18, The United Arab Emirates threw its support behind a plan by major oil producers to freeze output levels in an attempt to halt a slide in crude prices.
    (AP, 2/18/16)

2016        Mar 6, In Dubai a yellow, two-seat Ferrari 458 Spider jumped a curb and slammed into a pole, splitting the sports car in half near the Jumeirah Lake Towers neighborhood. Those killed were identified as Boston bombing survivor Victoria McGrath, Northeastern University student Priscilla Perez Torres, Canadian boxer Cody Nixon and James Portuondo. High speed and alcohol were involved.
    (AP, 3/9/16)

2016        Mar 10, Oman media reported that torrential rain in northern Oman and the United Arab Emirates has killed six people this week.
    (AFP, 3/10/16)

2016        Mar 13, In Dubai Palestinian teacher Hanan Al-Hroub was awarded the $1 million Global Teacher award for her innovative approach of using play to counter violent behavior. The foundation said her approach, detailed in her book "We Play and Learn," has led to a decline in violent behavior in schools where this is usually a frequent occurrence.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)

2016        Mar 14, In Yemen 2 Emirati pilots were killed when their fighter jet crashed into a mountain near Aden.
    (AFP, 3/14/16)

2016        Mar 19, In Russia all 62 people aboard a passenger jet flying from Dubai to southern Russia were killed when their plane crashed on its second attempt to land at Rostov-on-Don airport. There was strong wind at the airport with a speed of 43 km per hour, with gusts up to 69 km.
    (Reuters, 3/19/16)

2016        Mar 22, The ruler of Dubai pledged $1.3 billion in assets to a new endowment agency that will focus on a variety of causes. The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Center for Endowment Consultancy would focus on issues like autism and education.
    (AP, 3/22/16)

2016        Mar 27, The top security court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced 38 people to prison in connection to a cell accused of plotting terrorist attacks and seeking to overthrow the government to create an Islamic state.
    (AP, 3/27/16)

2016        Mar 28, Dubai-based Dodsal Group said it has discovered 2.7 trillion cubic feet of gas deposits in Tanzania's Ruvu Basin Coast Region valued at around $8 billion.
    (AP, 3/28/16)

2016        Apr 18, A government-backed investment fund in the United Arab Emirates said that heavily indebted Malaysian investment fund 1MDB and the southeast Asian country's finance ministry have defaulted on more than $1.1 billion they owe.
    (AP, 4/18/16)

2016        Apr 20, The Abdulla al-Ghurair Foundation for Education from the United Arab Emirates launched the Arab world's largest education fund, setting aside $1.14 billion (4.2 billion dirhams) in grants for underserved youth from the region.
    (AP, 4/20/16)

2016        Apr 22, The United Arab Emirates' official news agency reported that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered two billion dollars of investment in Egypt, and will deposit two billion dollars in the Egyptian central bank to increase its foreign reserves.
    (AP, 4/22/16)

2016        Apr 26, Palestinian novelist Rabai al-Madhoun received the $50,000 award, known as the "Arabic Booker," for "Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and Nakba" in Abu Dhabi, which sponsors the competition.
    (AFP, 4/27/16)

2016        May 4, In Dubai a man was shot seven times in the head in the marina neighborhood of luxury high-rise buildings and beachfront property. Authorities believed the man also was allegedly involved in the killing of someone's daughter in Turkey.
    (AP, 5/12/16)
2016        May 4, In Qatar French Pres. Francois Hollande attended a ceremony to mark the sale of 24 Rafale combat jets plus missiles to the United Arab Emirates.
    (Econ, 5/14/16, p.55)

2016        May 24, Officials in Dubai announced a new, $270-million project to build homes and shops along part of the under-construction Dubai canal.
    (AP, 5/24/16)

2016        May 29, A Dubai court sentenced American businessman Zack Shahin to 15 years in prison after convicting him on theft and fraud charges. He was sentenced at the Dubai Criminal Court over a 2007 Texas land deal. Three other Americans received similar sentences in absentia. The defendants were also fined 56 million dirhams ($15.3 million).
    (AP, 5/29/16)

2016        May 31, Dubai issued notice informing hotels that alcohol slaes during Ramadan would be governed by normal rules, as opposed to limiting their hours.
    (SFC, 6/23/16, p.A3)

2016        Jun 12, A United Arab Emirates military helicopter crashed into the sea, killing two crew members.
    (AFP, 6/12/16)

2016        Jun 15, The United Arab Emirates said war is over for its troops in Yemen after a nearly 15-month intervention as part of a Saudi-led coalition in which around 80 lost their lives.
    (AFP, 6/16/16)

2016        Jun 29, Dubai's transport authority announced it had awarded a French-led consortium a $2.88 billion contract to extend its metro network to the site of the Expo 2020 world trade fair.
    (AFP, 6/29/16)

2016        Jul 11, It was announced that Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta have sold their Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to a group led by WME-IMG, an American talent agency for $4 billion and retained a minority interest. The Fertittas had purchased the UFC for $2 million in 2001. The Abu Dhabi government continued to own 10%.
    (http://tinyurl.com/jv6sasd)(Econ, 7/23/16, p.51)

2016        Jul 13, Human Rights Watch said foreigners employed as maids in Oman can face physicdal and verbal abuse while entrapped in conditions that near slavery. Its report alleged that the United Arab Emirates acts as a gateway for maids trafficked into the sultanate.
    (SFC, 7/14/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 14, In Abu Dhabi a new decree allowed people as young as 12 to apply for a temporary work permit. Current law prohibited work until the age of 15.
    (SSFC, 7/17/16, p.A9)

2016        Jul 26, In Abu Dhabi Solar Impulse 2 made history as the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun, opening up new possibilities for the future of renewable energy.
    (AFP, 7/26/16)

2016        Aug 3, In the United Arab Emirates a Boeing crash landed in Dubai. All 300 passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the plane, though one firefighter was killed on the ground as the plane erupted in flames.
    (Reuters, 8/4/16)

2016        Aug 15, The Pentagon announced that fifteen prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been sent to the United Arab Emirates in the single largest release of detainees during the Obama administration. They included 12 Yemeni nationals and three Afghans. 61 detainees remained at Guantanamo.
    (AP, 8/16/16)

2016        Nov 8, Dubai agreed a deal with California-based startup Hyperloop One to "evaluate" the construction of a near-supersonic transport link that could slash travel times to Emirati capital Abu Dhabi to minutes.
    (AFP, 11/8/16)

2016        Dec 3, In Abu Dhabi representatives of around 40 countries approved plans to establish a fund to protect heritage sites in war zones and a network of safe havens for endangered artworks. The meeting, co-sponsored by France and the United Arab Emirates, was spurred by the systematic destruction and looting of archaeological treasures in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State group. France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime.
    (AFP, 12/3/16)(AP, 12/3/16)

2016        Dec 4, In Dubai a bus carrying 20 migrant workers hit a truck, killing four people at the scene. A fifth person died after being rushed to the hospital.
    (AP, 12/4/16)

2016        Dec 5, German airline Air Berlin said it is selling its stake in Austrian carrier NIKI to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad for 300 million euros ($319 million).
    (AP, 12/5/16)

2016        Dec 16, The Dubai Parks & Resorts project after it formally opened. The park includes a Legoland, a Bollywood-themed park, a movie-themed Motiongate park, a hotel and a shopping district, a project estimated to be worth over $3 billion.
    (AP, 12/18/16)
2016        Dec 16, German airline Lufthansa said it is launching a code-sharing agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, a key financial backer of troubled rival Air Berlin, from which Lufthansa will lease 38 aircraft for two of its subsidiaries.
    (AP, 12/16/16)

2016        Dec 17, BP PLC signed a $2.22-billion deal restoring its share of an onshore oil block in Abu Dhabi by agreeing to give the emirate stock in the company worth 2 percent of the oil giant's overall value.
    (AP, 12/17/16)

2016        The UAE emirate of Dubai was expected to run out of oil about this time.
    (Econ, 3/4/06, p.56)

2017        Jan 9, UAE media reported that the United Arab Emirates has ordered the removal from a textbook of the term "Persian Gulf" for the waterway that is the subject of a bitter naming dispute with Iran.
    (AFP, 1/9/17)

2017        Jan 10, The United Arab Emirates announced plans to invest 600 billion dirhams ($163 billion) in projects to generate almost half the country's power needs from renewables.
    (AFP, 1/10/17)
2017        Jan 10, In Afghanistan two large bombings near government offices in Kabul killed at least 38 people, including civilians and military personnel. Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber on foot struck in the southern Helmand province, killing at least seven people. In Kandahar province five UAE officials were among 12 people killed when explosives hidden in a sofa detonated inside the governor's compound. The spate of attacks killed a total of 57 people.
    (AP, 1/10/17)(AFP, 1/11/17)(AFP, 2/15/17)

2017        Jan 23, In Yemen forces allied with the internationally-recognized government seized control of Mokha, a strategic Red Sea port after waging an assault against Shiite rebels. Emirati-led troops marched into Mokha port and set their sights on Hodeidah.
    (AP, 1/23/17)(Econ, 4/8/17, p.42)

2017        Jan 26, In Libya Yousuf Mubarak Welayti, an Emirati national detained since 2015 on spying charges, was found dead after militiamen stormed the detention center where he was being held and killed him.
    (AP, 1/26/17)

2017        Jan 28, UAE state news agency WAM reported that the air force of the United Arab Emirates has shot down an Iranian-made drone in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 1/28/17)

2017        Feb 12, Somaliland said the United Arab Emirates can establish a military base in its territory. The UAE government in January submitted a formal application seeking permission from the Somaliland government to open a military base in the port town of Berbera. Ethiopia and Djibouti opposed the plan.
    (AP, 2/12/17)

2017        Feb 15, UAE state media said Juma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi, its ambassador to Afghanistan, has died of wounds sustained in a January 10 bombing in Kandahar that also killed five other UAE officials.
    (AFP, 2/15/17)
2017        Feb 15, In Serbia several thousand people joined renewed protests in Belgrade over the shady demolition last year in an area marked for a United Arab Emirates-financed real estate project.
    (AP, 2/15/17)

2017        Feb 19, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) awarded 4.5 billion dirhams ($1.2 billion) in military procurement deals, part of a total of 20 billion dirhams worth of purchases it expects to make at an arms fair this week.
    (Reuters, 2/19/17)
2017        Feb 19, In Abu Dhabi Australia's Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne and Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, met on the sidelines of the biennial International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX). The two agreed to consider a 10-year defense plan that could include more than 1 billion Australian dollars ($767 million) in sales to the UAE.
    (Reuters, 2/19/17)
2017        Feb 19, The United Arab Emirates' main state oil company said it has signed a deal giving China National Petroleum Company an 8 percent stake in a major onshore oil project. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said CNPC will pay an initial $1.77 billion for the concession operated by the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations, also known as ADCO.
    (AP, 2/19/17)

2017        Feb 26, In Pakistan the show, "Pakistan First with President Musharraf", debuted on Bol TV, a channel that recently ran afoul of government regulators when one of its hosts was accused of hate speech. Musharraf now lived in Dubai and faced several criminal cases at home.
    (AP, 2/28/17)

2017        Feb, In Yemen Saudi and Emirati-backed forces fought each other over control of Aden’s airport.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.42)

2017        Mar 1, In Somaliland DP World, a Dubai-based port operator, began working from Berbera’s beachside hotel. Three weeks later the UAE revealed plans for 25-year lease of air and naval bases alongside.
    (Econ, 4/8/17, p.42)

2017        Mar 16, The United Arab Emirates said one of its soldiers has been killed while serving in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
    (AP, 3/16/17)

2017        Mar 19, Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize during a ceremony in Dubai.   
    (SFC, 3/20/17, p.A2)

2017        Mar 28, Tech giant Amazon expanded its global reach with the announcement of a deal to buy Dubai-based Souq.com, the Middle East's largest online retailer.
    (AFP, 3/28/17)

2017        Apr 3, Dubai media reported that local police have arrested African hackers who targeted five senior White House officials in a blackmail email scam. Those arrested were between 24 and 26 years of age and had a list of "5 million bank accounts," as well as hacking software and millions of dollars in assets.
    (AP, 4/3/17)

2017        Apr 19, The Dubai government-owned Emirates airline slashed its flights to the United States by 20%, blaming a drop in demand on tougher US security measures a Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from some Muslim majority nations.
    (SFC, 4/20/17, p.C3)

2017        Apr 24, Abu Dhabi and Malaysian officials said they reached a deal to resolve a legal dispute over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the Abu Dhabi set to receive $1.2 billion over this year.
    (AP, 4/24/17)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.30)

2017        May 1, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel offered diplomatic help to try to end the war in Yemen, as she ended a two-nation Gulf tour taking in the Arab world's largest economies with a stop in the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 5/1/17)

2017        May 2, PM Fayez Serraj of Libya's UN-backed government and powerful rival Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter met in the United Arab Emirates in the latest effort to resolve the country's long-running conflict.
    (AP, 5/2/17)

2017        May 16, The Pentagon said the United States and the United Arab Emirates have signed a new, updated defense cooperation agreement that dictated "the magnitude and conditions" of the US military presence inside the Emirates.
    (Reuters, 5/16/17)

2017        May 23, In Dubai seven people killed and 35 injured when a bus crashed into a truck on one of the sheikhdom's main highways.
    (AP, 5/23/17)

2017        May 24, Abu Dhabi's government-owned power utility said it has closed a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) financing package for what will be the world's largest solar power plant.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced businessman Khater Massaad to 15 years in prison over one alleged scam. He was accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working for one of its sheikhdoms. Massaad maintained his innocence and said from Saudi Arabia that the charges were part of a long-running vendetta against him by the government of Ras al-Khaimah.
    (AP, 5/24/17)
2017        May 24, A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced businessman Khater Massaad to 15 years in prison over one alleged scam. He was accused of stealing $1.5 billion while working for one of its sheikhdoms. Massaad was arrested in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, in September and still remains there. He maintained his innocence and said that the charges were part of a long-running vendetta against him by the government of Ras al-Khaimah.
    (AP, 5/24/17)

2017        May 31, Yemeni security officials said that forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have taken over the airport in the southern city of Aden, further fueling tension between internationally recognized Pres. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the UAE, which had some 5,000 soldiers in Yemen.
    (AP, 5/31/17)(Econ 6/10/17, p.49)

2017        Jun 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, the Maldives and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the world's top seller of liquefied natural gas (LNG), stoking concern over any supply disruptions to neighboring countries spilling over into global gas markets. They accused Qatar of supporting extremism.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)
2017        Jun 5, Qatar asked citizens to leave the United Arab Emirates within 14 days to comply with a decision by Abu Dhabi to sever ties with Doha.
    (Reuters, 6/5/17)

2017        Jun 11, Qatar moved to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbors by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of "business as usual" for vital gas exports. The dispute saw Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain order all Qatari citizens out of their countries within 14 days.
    (AFP, 6/11/17)

2017        Jun 22, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirate issued an ultimatum to Qatar. The 13-point list included closing Al Jazeera television, curbing ties with Iran and shutting a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)

2017        Jun 23, In Belgium eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago. The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of 165,000 euros ($184,000), with half the sum suspended.
    (Reuters, 6/23/17)

2017        Jun 24, Yemen's internationally-recognized government ordered the creation of a committee to investigate allegations of human rights violations, following reports that US military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates who are accused of torturing detainees in Yemen.
    (AP, 6/24/17)

2017        Jul 2, Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, became the first city to be exempt from a US ban on laptop computers being in airplane cabins.
    (AP, 7/2/17)

2017        Jul 5, Turkish and Emirates Airlines said the United States has lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on US-bound flights from Dubai and Istanbul.
    (Reuters, 7/5/17)

2017        Jul 8, Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, days after announcing the retaking of second city Benghazi from jihadists.
    (AFP, 7/9/17)

2017        Jul 12, American Airlines notified Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi's Etihad of its decision to no longer share flights with them over what it described as "illegal subsidies".
    (AFP, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 17, Qatar said it believed a media report citing US officials had revealed the responsibility of the United Arab Emirates in an alleged hack on its state news agency in late May which helped spark a diplomatic rift between Doha and its neighbors. UAE officials denied their country’s involvement.
    (Reuters, 7/17/17)

2017        Jul 30, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain met to discuss the diplomatic crisis with Qatar. They said the bloc will continue to keep current measures against Qatar in place, but are open to dialogue with the Gulf state if it shows a willingness to change course and complies with their demands.
    (AP, 7/30/17)

2017        Jul, Drilling by the Deepsea Metro I ship was suspended in Vietnam's Block 136/3 after pressure from China, which said the concession operated by Spain's Repsol overlaps the vast majority of the waterway that it claims as its own. Co-owners of the block included Vietnam's state oil firm and Mubadala Development Co of the UAE.
    (Reuters, 8/14/17)

2017        Aug 1, The emirate’s sovereign wealth fund said Malaysia's scandal-hit state investment fund 1MDB has missed a payment to Abu Dhabi of over $600 million that it was supposed to make by the end of July to settle debts.
    (AFP, 8/1/17)

2017        Aug 3, In Yemen al Qaeda militants withdrew to the mountains without a fight as armored vehicles from the government army and a new force known as the Elite Shabwa Forces rolled into the provincial capital Ataq, and other towns and cities. The advance was backed by the United States and the UAE (United Arab Emirates).
    (Reuters, 8/4/17)

2017        Aug 15, Germany's second largest airline, Air Berlin, filed for bankruptcy protection after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would make no more financing available following years of unsuccessful turnaround attempts.
    (AP, 8/15/17)

2017        Aug 17, A Palestinian politician said the United Arab Emirates will provide $15 million a month to Gaza, as Hamas moves closer to a UAE-based rival to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
    (AP, 8/17/17)

2017        Aug 21, The United Arab Emirates approved a new law that imposes taxes on tobacco products, energy drinks and soft drinks to boost revenue and help offset the impact of lower oil prices. Tobacco and energy drinks will be taxed at 100 percent and soft drinks at 50 percent.
    (AP, 8/21/17)

2017        Aug 22, Dubai’s state-owned Al-Bayan newspaper said a man has been charged with trying to smuggle 5.7 million amphetamine pills into the sheikdom hidden inside sheep intestines.
    (SFC, 8/23/17, p.A2)

2017        Aug 27, In Abu Dhabi a Singaporean man and his transgender friend facing jail for dressing in a "feminine" way had their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation. Singaporean fashion photographer Muhammad Fadli bin Abdul Rahman and his transgender friend Noor Vitriya Kistina Ibrahim were arrested earlier this month at an Abu Dhabi shopping mall.
    (AFP, 8/28/17)

2017        Sep 11, UAE authorities said an Emirati pilot taking part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen has been killed in a crash. State-run WAM news agency said another soldier died of wounds he earlier suffered in the conflict. Over 100 Emirati troops have been killed in the war.
    (AP, 9/11/17)

2017        Sep 16, The Gulf desert emirate of Dubai announced the award of a $3.8-billion contract for the final phase of a solar park aimed at generating 5,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030. The contract went to Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Electric and ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia.
    (AFP, 9/16/17)

2017        Oct 12, The United Arab Emirates said it was ending the mission of North Korea's non-resident ambassador and terminating its own envoy's services in Pyongyang. The UAE will also stop issuing new visas or company licenses to North Korean citizens.
    (Reuters, 10/12/17)

2017        Nov 1, Dubai hosted African officials, including four heads of state, and int’l CEOs at the opening of "Next Generation Africa", Dubai's fourth Global Business Forum on Africa.
    (AP, 11/1/17)

2017        Nov 7, A company working in Central African Republic on a UN contract said it has fired a driver who took bribes to transport Muslim civilians to safer parts of the country amid rising sectarian violence. Dubai-based ECOLOG International said that it has terminated the employee implicated in the matter.
    (AP, 11/7/17)

2017        Nov 8, French President Emmanuel Macron joined Arab leaders to inaugurate the new Louvre Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 11/8/17)

2017        Nov 9, President Emmanuel Macron said France has sold two Gowind-class corvettes of state-owned shipbuilder Naval Group to the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 11/9/17)

2017        Nov 11, The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened to the public for the first time, ending a decade-long wait for a project plagued by questions over laborers' conditions.
    (AP, 11/11/17)

2017        Nov 12, Long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners at the start of the biennial Dubai Air Show, a $15.1 billion deal.
    (AP, 11/12/17)

2017        Nov 13, A senior Yemeni security official said a group of 133 detainees was transferred to the newly-renovated Central Prison in Mukalla from the Riyan airport. The airport was one of 18 secret prisons that an Associated Press investigation revealed as run by the United Arab Emirates or its allies.
    (AP, 11/13/17)

2017        Nov 15, At the Dubai Air Show Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines. Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion.
    (AP, 11/15/17)

2017        Nov 21, Human Rights Watch urged Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to reveal the whereabouts of an Egyptian prisoner who has disappeared, apparently after serving his prison sentence in the Emirati capital. Abdel Aziz was arrested in 2014 in Abu Dhabi and sentenced to three years on charges of joining the Islah Party and the Muslim Brotherhood. He was to be released on Oct. 20 but, his family was told he was deported to Egypt.
    (AP, 11/21/17)

2017        Dec 2, Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who last week announced his intention of running for the presidency in 2018, was taken from his home in the United Arab Emirates and deported to Egypt.
    (Reuters, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 3, The UAE celebrated its 46th National Day with public sector holiday that began Nov. 30 with a commemoration of the country's fallen soldiers.
    (AP, 12/3/17)
2017        Dec 3, Yemeni Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, said they fired a missile at an under-construction nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates' state-run news agency denied the claim.
    (AP, 12/3/17)

2017        Dec 5, The United Arab Emirates announced a new partnership with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council. announcement came just hours ahead of a GCC meeting in Kuwait, to which only Kuwait and Qatar sent their heads of state. The planned GCC summit in Kuwait fell apart within hours  over the ongoing boycott of Qatar.
    (AP, 12/5/17)(SFC, 12/6/17, p.A3)
2017        Dec 5, The European Union put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes. They Included: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, St. Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. Over 40 more were put on a "grey list" to be monitored until they are fully committed to reforms.
    (AP, 12/5/17)

2017        Dec 13, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted a summit for the leaders of the G5 Sahel (composed of the armies of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad) plus Germany and Italy as well as the Saudi and Emirati ministers. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed 130 million euros ($152.75 million) to tackle Islamist militants in the region.
    (Reuters, 12/13/17)

2017        Dec 24, Tunisia suspended all flights by Emirates to and from Tunis after the Dubai-based airline barred Tunisian women from boarding its flights last week. UAE's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash soon replied on Twitter that the ban was temporary and due to security reasons.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)(AP, 12/25/17)

2017        In the UAE Dubai’s new airport at Jebel Ali was scheduled to come into full operation with a capacity to handle 120 million passengers a year.
    (Econ, 5/17/08, p.85)

2018        Jan 3, Norway said it has suspended exports of munitions and arms to the United Arab Emirates as a "precautionary line," based on its assessment of the situation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition including the UAE has been fighting Shiite rebels for nearly three years.
    (AP, 1/3/18)

2018        Jan 18, The Dubai-based Emirates said it struck a deal with Airbus to buy 20 of its A380 double-decker jets, with the option to buy 16 more, in a deal worth $16 billion.
    (AP, 1/18/18)

2018        Jan 22, In the United Arab Emirates a house fire killed seven children near the eastern city of Fujairah.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)

2018        Jan 23, European Union finance ministers agreed to remove eight jurisdictions from the bloc's blacklist of tax havens, one month after the list was set up. Barbados, Grenada, South Korea, Macao, Mongolia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates joined Panama as jurisdictions delisted following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)

2018        Feb 10, Speaking in Dubai IMF chief Christine Lagarde urged Arab countries to slash public wages and subsidies in order to rein in spending, achieve sustainable growth and create jobs.
    (AFP, 2/10/18)

2018        Feb 11, In Abu Dhabi Indian PM Narendra Modi started the second day of his visit to the United Arab Emirates by unveiling a model of the first Hindu temple that will be built in the UAE capital.
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, Gulf metropolis Dubai announced the opening of the "world's new tallest hotel," pipping another towering landmark in the city for the title. The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel stands 356 meters, or nearly a quarter of a mile, tall.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, In Dubai Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Emirates chairman and CEO of Emirates, and Mikhail Houari, president of Airbus Middle East signed a $16 billion purchase of the Airbus A380 superjumbo commercial airliner.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, At Dubai's World Government Summit Hollywood star Robert De Niro took aim at the Trump administration's stance on climate change, telling a packed audience in the Middle East that he was visiting from a "backward" country suffering from "temporary insanity".
    (AP, 2/11/18)
2018        Feb 11, France's PM Edouard Philippe promised lower taxes and a business-friendly France at a global summit in Dubai, seeking investment from the oil-rich Gulf region.
    (AFP, 2/11/18)

2018        Feb 24, Sridevi (54), Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and '90s, died in Dubai. She had redefined stardom for actresses in India. Her famous roles included "Mr. India," in which she played a reporter, and "Lamhe," or "Moments," a 1991 film in which she played dual roles of mother and teenage daughter.
    (AP, 2/25/18)

2018        Mar 2, The Arab world's largest private broadcaster stopped showing Turkish television programs, as tensions rose between Ankara and some Arab states. Dubai-based MBC Group is which is controlled by Saudi businessman Walid al-Ibrahim and other Saudi investors.
    (Reuters, 3/5/18)

2018        Mar 10, In Yemen hundreds of detainees suffered sexual abuse by Emirati officers at Beir Ahmed prison in the southern city of Aden following series of hunger strikes among prisoners. At least five prisons were later identified where security forces used sexual torture to brutalize and break inmates.
    (AP, 6/20/18)

2018        Mar 13, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates each extended a concession to an offshore oil field they share to a Japanese consortium despite a diplomatic crisis between the two of them tearing at the region.
    (AP, 3/13/18)

2018        Mar 18, Abu Dhabi state energy company ADNOC said it had awarded French oil giant Total stakes in two offshore oil concessions. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said it has signed a deal worth $1.45 billion with French oil giant Total SA granting it stakes in offshore fields.
    (AFP, 3/18/18)(AP, 3/18/18)

2018        Mar 21, The state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said it has signed a deal with China's state-run national petroleum company worth $1.18 billion for stakes in two oil and natural gas concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 3/21/18)

2018        Mar 25, A Dubai court sentenced British journalist Francis Matthew (61) to 10 years in jail followed by deportation for bludgeoning to death his wife with a hammer last summer.
    (Reuters, 3/25/18)

2018        Mar 26, The United Arab Emirates said that one of four nuclear reactors at its debut plant has been completed as it moves closer to becoming the first Arab nation to produce atomic power. Visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed toured the $20-billion Barakah plant constructed by a consortium led by the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
    (AFP, 3/26/18)

2018        Apr 3, In Switzerland the United Nations raised more than $2 billion to help civilians in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates drew praise for offering hundreds of millions of dollars in aid for Yemen, where their air campaign against Houthi rebels has killed thousands of civilians and their crippling blockade has hindered aid delivery.
    (AFP, 4/3/18)(AP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 6, It was reported that a spate of deadly drive-by shootings has targeted Muslim clerics and preachers in Yemen's southern port city of Aden. Many of the slain clerics belonged to the Islah party, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and a top ally of Pres. Mansour Hadi, self-exiled in Saudi Arabia. UAE-trained militiamen have engaged in deadly clashes with Hadi's forces.
    (SFC, 4/6/18, p.A2)

2018        Apr 8, Somali security staff took about $9.6 million in cash from a civilian plane that landed in Mogadishu from the UAE. The UAE said it was sending the money to the Somali army to support its operations against Islamist militants. The plane was allowed to depart several hours later.
    (Reuters, 4/10/18)

2018        Apr 11, Somalia said it has disbanded a United Arab Emirates program to train some of its troops in a fresh sign that a dispute in the Gulf involving Qatar is spilling into the volatile country in the Horn of Africa.
    (Reuters, 4/11/18)

2018        Apr 15, The United Arab Emirates said it will end its military training mission to Somalia after an incident that saw its soldiers assaulted and $9.6 million seized at an airport in Mogadishu.
    (AP, 4/16/18)

2018        Apr 29, Austria's OMV signed a deal worth $1.5 billion for a 20 percent stake in two offshore concessions in the United Arab Emirates' capital, Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 4/29/18)

2018        May 5, British academic Matthew Hedges (31) was arrested Dubai International Airport after a two-week visit conducting field research for his thesis. Five months later he was still being held in solitary confinement in Abu Dhabi without charge.  In October he was accused of spying for the British government and soon released on bail.
    (AP, 10/11/18)(AP, 10/30/18)
2018        May 5, A senior Yemeni official said the UAE over the last few days has deployed some 300 soldiers, along with tanks and artillery, to the island of Socotra, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, heightening tensions between the two allies.
    (AP, 5/5/18)

2018        May 9, In Dubai the sixth edition of Arab Fashion Week opened with fallen angels, Rococo corsets, cupcake headbands and nary a kaftan in sight.
    (AFP, 5/10/18)

2018        May 26, Qatar said it was banning products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, almost a year after those states imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.
    (Reuters, 5/27/18)

2018        May 28, Dubai-based port operator DP World said it has completed a roughly $316 million deal to acquire a Peruvian container and logistics firm and a stake in one of the largest container terminals in the South American country.
    (AP, 5/28/18)

2018        May 30, UAE media reported that prominent Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined 1 million AED ($272,000) on charges of criticizing the United Arab Emirates government on social media.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)

2018        Jun 8, Security officials said Afghanistan has accepted an offer from the United Arab Emirates to boost its presence in training Afghan forces fighting Islamist insurgents, as Kabul seeks to improve ties with majority-Muslim nations.
    (Reuters, 6/8/18)

2018        Jun 11, Qatar said it has filed a case against the United Arab Emirates at the United Nations' highest court, accusing Abu Dhabi of "discrimination against Qatar and Qatari citizens" amid a yearlong boycott of Doha by four Arab nations. An Emirati minister dismissed the filing as a stunt.
    (AP, 6/11/18)

2018        Jun 12, A new report by the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) said war profiteers, terror financiers and drug traffickers sanctioned by the US in recent years have used Dubai's real-estate market as a haven for their assets.
    (AP, 6/12/18)

2018        Jun 24, Officials acknowledged that Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will loan pilots to competing Dubai-based carrier Emirates under a new program, marking a rare cooperation between the two state-owned carriers who operate only 115 km (70 miles) apart.
    (AP, 6/24/18)

2018        Jul 2, Yemeni government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates bombarded rebel positions outside Hodeida over the last 24 hours after pausing their push into the strategic Red Sea port city. 11 civilians and 43 rebel fighters were reported killed over the last two days.
    (AFP, 7/3/18)

2018        Jul 3, The United Arab Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority ordered firms to identify and freeze the accounts and assets of nine Iranian individuals and entities the UAE has placed on its terrorism list.
    (Reuters, 7/3/18)

2018        Jul 7, The United Arab Emirates extended compulsory military service for Emirati men from 12 to 16 months, amid a three-year involvement in Yemen's war.
    (Reuters, 7/8/18)

2018        Jul 15, A United Arab Emirates court dismissed a criminal case against the head of embattled Abraaj private equity group over bounced cheques for millions of dollars.
    (AFP, 7/15/18)

2018        Jul 19, The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said it has awarded contracts worth AED 5.88 billion ($1.6 billion) to China's largest state-owned oil company to conduct what is says is the world's largest continuous 3D offshore and onshore seismic survey.
    (AP, 7/19/18)

2018        Jul 20, In Abu Dhabi Chinese President Xi Jinping, his Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and other Chinese officials held morning meetings with powerful crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktuom, and others at the presidential palace as China and the UAE seek to deepen economic ties.
    (AP, 7/20/18)

2018        Jul 21, The United Arab Emirates said it agreed to set up a "comprehensive strategic partnership" with China as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a three-day visit to the Gulf country.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)

2018        Jul 23, The UN Int'l Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered the United Arab Emirates to immediately allow Qatari families affected by a dispute between the countries to reunite, imposing the measure before it hears the full case filed by Qatar at a later date.
    (Reuters, 7/23/18)

 2018        Jul 24, The UAE hosted the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, lauding their "bold and historic" rapprochement as enhancing prospects for peace and prosperity.
    (Reuters, 7/24/18)

2018        Jul 26, Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthi movement said it had attacked Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates with a drone, though it was not immediately clear if there was any damage or casualties.
    (Reuters, 7/26/18)

2018        Aug 28, Three experts working for the UN's top human rights body said the governments of Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia may have been responsible for war crimes including rape, torture, disappearances and "deprivation of the right to life" during 3½ years of battling Yemeni rebels.
    (AP, 8/28/18)

2018        Sep 3, The ruler of Dubai announced the names of two astronauts from the United Arab Emirates who will be heading to the International Space Station next year, a first for the Gulf nation.
    (AP, 9/3/18)

2018        Sep 5, A plane was quarantined at New York's Kennedy Airport when about 10 passengers became ill aboard a flight from Dubai. The double-decker Emirates aircraft held 520 passengers.
    (AP, 9/5/18)(SFC, 9/6/18, p.A4)

2018        Sep 10, Djibouti escalated a dispute with the Dubai-based global port operator DP World by nationalizing the majority shares in the Doraleh Container Terminal.
    (AP, 9/10/18)

2018        Sep 11, Dubai's global port operator DP World said it will pursue all "legal means" to defend its claim to a Djibouti terminal after the African nation nationalized the facility.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)

2018        Sep 18, Delaware signed a final 50-year agreement with a private Emirati port operator to privatize the Port of Wilmington. The state will receive yearly concession payments of around $10 million.
    (AP, 9/19/18)

2018        Oct 2, In Abu Dhabi eight members of one Emirati family were killed in a house fire in the country.
    (AP, 10/2/18)
2018        Oct 2, It was reported that a court in Dubai has sentenced an Egyptian taxi driver (34)to six months in prison and deportation after convicting him of sexually assaulting a US Navy officer (22) in March 2017.
    (AP, 10/2/18)

2018        Oct 7, The Dubai Court of Appeals' ruling added another five years onto the prison sentence of former British Gulf News editor Francis Matthew, who initially was found guilty in March of bludgeoning his wife to death at their home and received a 10-year sentence.
    (AP, 10/7/18)

2018        Oct 8, Baker-Hughes, a subsidiary of General Electric Co., said it has agreed to purchase a 5-percent stake in the drilling arm of Abu Dhabi's state oil company for $550 million. This marks the first time Abu Dhabi has sold a stake in its businesses to a foreign interest.
    (AP, 10/8/18)

2018        Oct 28, In Abu Dhabi Israel's national anthem was played at a judo tournament after one of its athletes won gold in what was thought to be a first in the Gulf emirate.
    (AFP, 10/28/18)

2018        Oct, Serbia sold agricultural company Poljoprivredna Korporacija Beograd (PKB) to United Arab Emirates-based Al Dahra Agricultural Company for 105.05 million euros ($118.98 million).
    (Reuters, 3/5/19)

2018        Nov 14, In Yemen pro-government forces were "ordered" to stop their assault against the Iran-linked Huthi rebels until further notice, as the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the pro-government coalition, threw its weight behind "early" UN peace talks in Sweden.
    (AFP, 11/14/18)

2018        Nov 18, Police chiefs from around the world gathered in Dubai for Interpol's general assembly to select a new president after the agency's former official in the post was detained in China.
    (AP, 11/18/18)

2018        Nov 20, Interpol's general assembly, meeting in Dubai, voted against allowing Kosovo to join the international police agency. The bids of Pacific island nations Kiribati and Vanuatu were approved by delegates, but Kosovo did not secure the required two-thirds majority.
    (AFP, 11/20/18)

2018        Nov 21, A United Arab Emirates court sentenced British student Matthew Hedges (31) to life in jail on spying charges, prompting a "shocked" Britain to warn of repercussions for relations with its longstanding Gulf ally. Hedges had been researching the UAE's foreign and internal security policies after the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.
    (AP, 11/21/18)
2018        Nov 21, The International Alliance for the Defence of Rights and Freedoms (AIDL) filed a lawsuit against Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during his visit to France, accusing him of war crimes, complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen.
    (Reuters, 11/21/18)

2018        Nov 26, The United Arab Emirates pardoned and released British academic Matthew Hedges (31), jailed for life on spying charges, granting a request for clemency after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to membership of the UK's MI6 intelligence service. The UAE president issued the pardon as part of a mass clemency of more than 700 prisoners to mark the country's National Day.
    (Reuters, 11/26/18)

2018        Dec 6, UAE-based global port operator DP World says it has acquired Danish logistics firm Unifeeder for $748 million, about 660 million euros, helping the Dubai-owned company expand its foothold through the largest feeder and shortsea network in Europe.
    (AP, 12/6/18)

2018        Dec 14, A Berlin court said the insolvency administrator for bankrupt airline Air Berlin has sued its former largest shareholder, UAE-based airline Etihad, for 2 billion euros ($2.26 billion) in damages.
    (AP, 12/14/18)

2018        Dec 17, The Taliban held "another" meeting with US officials, this time in the United Arab Emirates and also involving Saudi, Pakistani and Emirati representatives in the latest attempt to bring a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war.
    (AP, 12/17/18)

2018        Dec 21, The UAE government via its state-run news agency said the government-owned Abu Dhabi Fund for Development will deposit the $3 billion in State Bank of Pakistan in the coming days.
    (AP, 12/21/18)

2018        Dec 24, The United Arab Emirates said Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, was at home and living with her family. The UAE foreign ministry said that on 15th December 2018, Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, had met with Her Highness Sheikha Latifa in Dubai.
    (Reuters, 12/24/18)

2018        Dec 27, The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold.
    (AFP, 12/27/18)

2018        Dec 31, The UAE's Federal Supreme Court upheld a 10-year sentence for human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor (49).
    (AFP, 12/31/18)
2018        Dec 31, Dubai's stock market ended 2018 with a 25-percent annual loss, the worst year since the global financial crisis a decade ago, as the real estate and tourism sectors struggled.
    (AFP, 12/31/18)

2018        Dec, British businessman Christian Michel (57) was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was working over his role in a £500 million helicopter deal. Michel was extradited after India handed over Sheikha Latifa, a runaway Dubai princess, to the UAE following her capture by Indian coastguards when they boarded her yacht. Michel later alleged that he was tortured after refusing to sign a fake confession that he bribed Indian officials in order to secure the helicopter deal.
    (The Telegraph, 1/30/21)

2019        Jan 6, In Pakistan government talks with the United Arab Emirates on setting up an oil refinery in Pakistan "reached their final stage" during the visit of the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 1/6/19)

2019        Jan 10, Saudi Arabia awarded a contract to build a $500 million wind farm, a first for the world's top oil exporter as it pushes to diversify its energy sector. A consortium led by France's EDF and Abu Dhabi's Masdar won the bid for the 400-megawatt Dumat al-Jandal wind project in the northern Al Jouf province.
    (AFP, 1/10/19)

2019        Jan 13, Dubai-based port operator DP World said it will pay $502 million for a 71.3 percent stake in Chile's Puertos y Logistica SA, a port services firm.
    (AP, 1/13/19)

2019        Jan 21, An investment firm in Abu Dhabi bought some 3 tons of gold from Venezuela amid that country's political turmoil. Noor Capital later said it will refrain from any further transactions.
    (AP, 2/2/19)

2019        Jan 23, Sudan's Oil Minister Azhari Abdel Qader said his country has received economic assistance from the United Arab Emirates and accepted offers of support from Russia and Turkey. Pres. Omar al-Bashir met with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha during his first trip abroad since the protests began.
    (Reuters, 1/23/19)

2019        Jan 27, The state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said it has signed agreements worth $5.8 billion with Italy's Eni and Austria's OMV for a share in the firm's refining unit and for the creation of a new trading venture.
    (AP, 1/27/19)

2019        Feb 3, Pope Francis headed to the UAE for the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam, where he will hold an open-air mass for tens of thousands of Catholics.
    (AFP, 2/3/19)

2019        Feb 4, In the UAE Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque and university, called on Muslims in the Middle East to "embrace" local Christian communities during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi also attended by Pope Francis. The Vatican and Egypt's Al-Azhar mosque and university signed a document on fighting extremism. Pope Francis called for an end to wars in the Middle East.
    (Reuters, 2/4/19)(AFP, 2/4/19)

2019        Feb 5, Pope Francis concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass in the birthplace of Islam. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates said some 180,000 people attended the Mass.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

2019        Feb 10, At the World Government Summit in Dubai Pakistan's PM Imran Khan said his nation needed "painful" economic reforms to cut back on its massive debt, just after meeting the head of the International Monetary Fund.
    (AP, 2/10/19)
2019        Feb 10, Speaking in Dubai IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned governments to gear up for a possible economic storm as growth undershoots expectations.
    (AFP, 2/10/19)

2019        Feb 11, Activists said an Emirati woman (42), who says she was threatened by her family for wanting a divorce, is stuck in a Macedonia migrant center after the Balkan state rejected her asylum request.
    (AFP, 2/11/19)

2019        Feb 17, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it had signed military deals worth 3.87 billion UAE dirhams ($1.1 billion) with international companies.
    (Reuters, 2/17/19)
2019        Feb 17, Saudi Arabia signed a preliminary agreement with France's Naval Group to build warships in the kingdom, as part of its efforts to develop domestic manufacturing capabilities. Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), the kingdom’s state defense company, made the announcement at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
    (Reuters, 2/17/19)

2019        Feb 18, The United Arab Emirates announced that it had signed deals worth more than $1.6 billion for the purchase of Patriot missile launchers from US arms giant Raytheon.
    (AFP, 2/18/19)

2019        Feb 19, The United Arab Emirates' armed forces signed 514.8 million dirham ($140.17 million) defense contracts with international firms at the IDEX military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
    (AP, 2/19/19)

2019        Feb 20, Dubai budget carrier flydubai said it chalked up a loss of $43.5 million in 2018, as airlines across the Gulf struggle with mounting costs and political tensions.
    (AFP, 2/20/19)

2019        Mar 2, In Abu Dhabi the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the world's largest body of Muslim-majority nations, reaffirmed its unwavering support for the Kashmiri people in their just cause.
    (AP, 3/2/19)

2019        Mar 10, Laleh Shahravesh, a UK citizen, was arrested at Dubai Airport as she arrived for her ex-husband's funeral. Authorities there had received a complaint about Facebook posts that she allegedly made in 2016 calling her ex's new wife a "horse".
    (AP, 4/8/19)

2019        Mar 12, European Union governments adopted a broadened blacklist of tax havens, adding the United Arab Emirates and British and Dutch overseas territories in a revamp that tripled the number of listed jurisdictions. The new list added Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. The EU blacklist originally comprised 17 jurisdictions, including the UAE, but shrank to five after most listed states committed to change their tax rules.
    (Reuters, 3/12/19)

2019        Mar 19, The UAE said 11 Arab states including Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Morocco have signed on to the first regional team to cooperate on a space program at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
    (AFP, 3/19/19)

2019        Mar 26, SF-based ride-hailing service Uber announced that it has acquired Dubai-based competitor Careem for $3.1 billion.
    (SFC, 3/27/19, p.D1)

2019        Mar 27, A $436 million superyacht belonging to Russian billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov, at the center of one of the world's costliest divorce battles, was released by a Dubai court after being impounded last year. Forbes has estimated Akhmedov's net worth is $1.4 billion. The US Treasury Department has put him on a list of sanctioned Russian state-owned companies.
    (Reuters, 3/28/19)

2019        Apr 3, Dubai's Emirates NBD bank revised its acquisition price of Turkey's Denizbank following a slide in the Turkish lira, saying it has now agreed to pay 15.48 billion lira ($2.8 billion).
    (AP, 4/3/19)

2019        Apr 4, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member Egypt said they will boycott an Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) annual meeting in Doha April from 6-10 because Qatar "has not responded to the just demands of the four countries and has continued its supportive policy for extremism, terrorism and interference in the affairs of the countries of the region".
    (Reuters, 4/5/19)

2019        Apr 5, In Britain Arif Naqvi, the chief executive of the collapsed Dubai private equity firm Abraaj Capital Ltd, was arrested on US charges for defrauding investors, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Managing partner Mustafa Abdel-Wadood was arrested at a New York hotel on April 11.
    (Reuters, 4/12/19)

2019        Apr 8, The UAE said it and Saudi Arabia, which head an Arab coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi forces in Yemen, will provide $200 million in aid to Yemen for use during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The aid is part of a $500 million joint food aid program announced last November.
    (Reuters, 4/8/19)

2019        Apr 10, Amnesty International said Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent activist in the United Arab Emirates, has been on hunger strike for over three weeks to protest his prison conditions and 10-year conviction. Mansoor was the recipient of the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in 2015.
    (AP, 4/10/19)

2019        Apr 15, A leaked intelligence report published by investigative website Disclose showed that French arms including tanks and laser-guided missile systems sold to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are being used in the Yemeni war against civilians. The report was written by France's DRM military intelligence agency.
    (Reuters, 4/15/19)
2019        Apr 15, Turkish authorities detained two people on suspicion of spying for the United Arab Emirates. The two reportedly confessed during their interrogation that they had been spying on Arab dissidents based in Turkey on behalf of the UAE. One of the two men arrived in Turkey in October 2018, days after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
    (AP, 4/19/19)(Reuters, 4/19/19)

2019        Apr 18, Officials said Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent 95 tons of humanitarian aid to their rival Iran as it reels from deadly floods, after Tehran complained US sanctions were obstructing relief.
    (AFP, 4/18/19)

2019        Apr 21, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced three billion dollars (2.7 billion euros) in financial support for Sudan following the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.
    (AFP, 4/21/19)

2019        Apr 23, The UAE city of Sharjah took up the mantle as UNESCO's World Book Capital for 2019 late today, launching a series of cultural programs aimed at both locals and expatriates.
    (AFP, 4/24/19)

2019        Apr 28, In Turkey Zaki Y. M. Hasan, a man held on suspicion of spying for the United Arab Emirates, was found hanging from the bathroom door in his one-person cell in Silivri prison. Hasan and another man were detained on April 15 and had reportedly confessed to spying on Arab nationals.
    (Reuters, 4/29/19)

2019        Apr 30, Dubai announced a series of futuristic urban projects, including a 15-km (nine mile) cable car system above the emirate's main road.
    (AFP, 4/30/19)

2019        May 5, Human Rights Watch said Alia Abdul Noor, a woman with terminal cancer who was serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United Arab Emirates, has died in jail, two months after the United Nations called for her release on medical grounds.
    (Reuters, 5/05/19)

2019        May 12, The UAE said that four commercial vessels were sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, one of the world's largest bunkering hubs lying just outside the Strait of Hormuz, but did not describe the nature of the attack or say who was behind it. Two Saudi oil tankers were targeted in the attack.
    (Reuters, 5/13/19)

2019        May 16, The crash of the Diamond DA62 at Dubai International Airport saw the aircraft roll upside-down in air and smash into a park near the airport at high speed, killing the three Britons and one South African on board. Investigations later said it had followed other larger aircraft landing there too closely as air traffic controllers offered inconsistent warnings about the hazard.
    (AP, 6/23/19)

2019        May 18, Saudi Arabia called for urgent meetings of the regional Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to discuss escalating tensions in the region. Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) began "enhanced security patrols" in the international waters of the Arabian Gulf area.
    (AFP, 5/19/19)(Reuters, 5/19/19)

2019        May 24, US Pres. Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress to complete the sale of $8.1 billion worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, citing a threat from Iran, infuriating lawmakers who fear the weapons could kill civilians in Yemen.
    (AFP, 5/24/19)(Reuters, 5/25/19)

2019        Jun 6, In the UAE a bus from Oman smashed into a warning sign coming off a major highway in Dubai, killing 17 people late today, including at least 12 Indians. In 2021 an appeals court reduced the Omani bus driver's seven-year sentence followed by deportation to just one year without deportation.
    (AP, 6/7/19)(AP, 2/25/21)

2019        Jun 10, The Intercept website reported that Rashid al-Malik, a United Arab Emirates businessman linked to a probe of illegal donations to Donald Trump's political campaign, was paid by his country's intelligence agency in 2017 to spy on the US president's administration.
    (AFP, 6/11/19)

2019        Jun 14, The highest UN court rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for interim measures to be imposed on Qatar in a racial discrimination dispute. Judges at the International Court of Justice rejected by a 15-1 majority a UAE application to compel Qatar to unblock a website that enables family reunifications and to prevent state-run media from aggravating the dispute. They also rejected a request for Doha to drop a similar case at a UN anti-discrimination committee.
    (AP, 6/14/19)

2019        Jun 22, State media reported that Iran summoned the United Arab Emirates' top envoy to Tehran to protest the neighboring Arab nation's decision to allow the US to use a base there to launch a drone that Iran says entered its airspace. The US said its RQ-4A Global Hawk was shot down June 20 over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, not inside Iranian airspace.
    (AP, 6/22/19)

2019        Jun 28, Western diplomatic sources said the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, is scaling back its military presence there as worsening US-Iran tensions threaten security closer to home.
    (Reuters, 6/28/19)
2019        Jun 28, The New York Times reported that forces loyal to Libya's unity government had discovered four Javelin missiles at a base used by men under the command of Khalifa Haftar, who has waged a months-long offensive to take Tripoli. The newspaper said that markings on the US-made missiles indicated they had been sold to the United Arab Emirates in 2008.
    (AFP, 7/2/19)

2019        Jul 8, The United Arab Emirates said it was redeploying and reducing troops across war-torn Yemen and moving from a "military-first" strategy to a "peace-first" plan.
    (AFP, 7/8/19)

2019        Jul 13, The Riah, a 58-meter (190-foot) oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker. Foreign Ministry spokesman later said the Islamic Republic helped an oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz amid US concern that Tehran seized one there. On July 18 Iranian Revolutionary Guards said they had seized a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Its 12 crew members were arrested.
    (AP, 7/16/19)(The Telegraph, 7/18/19)

2019        Jul 21, It was reported that thousands of tons of camel dung are being used to fuel cement production in the northern United Arab Emirates, cutting emissions and keeping animal waste out of landfill.
    (Reuters, 7/21/19)

2019        Jul 22, UAE state news agency WAM reported that Dubai's largest listed developer Emaar Properties has signed an agreement to help deliver an $11 billion project at the site of Beijing's new mega airport.
    (Reuters, 7/22/19)

2019        Jul 24, Pres. Donald Trump vetoed three congressional resolutions to block the billion-dollar sales of weapons to key allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    (The Independent, 7/25/19)

2019        Jul 29, The US Senate failed in a bid to override a trio of vetoes issued by President Donald Trump, allowing the administration to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
    (AP, 7/29/19)

2019        Jul 30, Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Iran met to discuss maritime security for the first time in six years amid a spike in tensions in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 7/31/19)

2019        Aug 7, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates state media said their countries are providing Sudan 540,000 tons of wheat to support the country whose president was ousted earlier this year.
    (Reuters, 8/7/19)

2019        Aug 8, The United Arab Emirates released Osama al-Najjar, Badr al-Bahri and Othman al-Shehhi after appearing in a nearly two-minute video shared on social media sites by the state-aligned UAE Forsan in which they denounced the Muslim Brotherhood and its ideas. The three had been detained on national security charges for their ties to al-Islah, an Islamist group that is outlawed in the UAE.
    (AP, 8/9/19)

2019        Aug 15, A joint Saudi-Emirati military delegation travelled to Aden to discuss demands for a pullout of UAE-backed southern separatists from positions they captured in Yemen's interim capital.
    (AFP, 8/15/19)

2019        Aug 24, Indian PM Narendra Modi received the Order of Zayed, the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor, during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/24/19)

2019        Aug 26, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledged to keep their floundering coalition war against Yemen's Houthi rebels together after an Emirati troop pullout and the rise of the southern separatists they supported.
    (AP, 8/26/19)

2019        Aug 29, in Yemen airstrikes killed at least 30 government forces. The internationally recognized government accused the Emirati air force of attacking its troops as they were heading to the key southern port city of Aden to fight separatists backed by the UAE.
    (AP, 8/29/19)

2019        Aug 31, Southern Yemeni separatists said they have arrested dozens of government loyalists in Aden after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's forces withdrew from the port city following air strikes by the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 8/31/19)

2019        Sep 2, Dubai's ruler issued a directive to curb the pace of new real estate construction projects amid falling demand and property prices.
    (AP, 9/2/19)

2019        Sep 4, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sent their top diplomats to Pakistan to help Islamabad defuse tensions with India over the disputed Kashmir region.
    (AP, 9/4/19)
2019        Sep 4, A Yemeni official said government officials have begun indirect talks with United Arab Emirates-backed southern separatists in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah to end fighting in Aden and other southern provinces.
    (Reuters, 9/4/19)

2019        Sep 8, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates called for an end to fighting in southern Yemen between forces loyal to the internationally recognized government and UAE-backed separatists.
    (AP, 9/8/19)

2019        Sep 13, Six UAE troops were reported killed in a "collision" in southern Yemen.
    (AP, 9/13/19)

2019        Sep 20, The Pentagon announced it will deploy additional US troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as Pres. Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.
    (AP, 9/21/19)

2019        Sep 25, In Kazakhstan a Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off carrying an American, a Russian and the first space traveler from the United Arab Emirates to the Int'l. Space Station.
    (SFC, 9/26/19, p.A2)

2019        Oct 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the United Arab Emirates, as part of a Mideast tour aimed at strengthening ties between Moscow and this longtime US ally amid tensions in the wider Persian Gulf. Putin sought to attract over $1.3 billion worth of investments in Russia's economy.
    (AP, 10/15/19)(AFP, 10/15/19)

2019        Oct 24, It was reported that Dubai has loosened its liquor laws to allow tourists to purchase alcohol in state-controlled stores, previously only accessible to license-holding residents, as the United Arab Emirates saw the first drop in alcohol sales by volume in a decade.
    (AP, 10/24/19)

2019        Nov 11, A report by UN experts said Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have repeatedly violated an arms embargo on Libya and it is "highly probable" that a foreign attack aircraft is responsible for a deadly strike on a migrant detention center. The report also accused Sudan and the head of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known by his nickname Hemeti, of violating UN sanctions by deploying 1,000 Sudanese troops to Libya.
    (Reuters, 11/11/19)

2019        Nov 19, In Abu Dhabi donor governments and philanthropists pledged $2.6 billion to help fund a worldwide polio eradication plan that has taken decades to reach what global health specialists say is now the "last mile." The funding included $1.08 billion from the Gates Foundation, around $514 million from Britain, $215 million from the United States, $160 million from Pakistan and $150 million from the charity Rotary International.
    (Reuters, 11/19/19)

2019        Nov 24, State-owned Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) and Mayo Clinic said they would operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, one of the UAE's largest hospitals for patients with serious or complex medical conditions.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)

2019        Nov 27, In the UAE British newspaper editor Francis Matthew, convicted of killing his wife with a hammer, had his sentence reduced by Dubai’s Court of Appeal. The court ordered that former Gulf News editor must serve a seven-year sentence for manslaughter in the 2017 killing of his wife, Jane.
    (AP, 11/27/19)

2019        Dec 18, Prominent Serbian investigative news portal KRIK said that Stevan Dojcinovic, its editor-in-chief, has been detained in Abu Dhabi and deported back to Serbia without being allowed to take part in a UN anti-corruption meeting. He not blacklisted by the United Arab Emirates, but that it was a request from another government.
    (AP, 12/18/19)

2020        Jan 6, UAE PM Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said tourist visas to the United Arab Emirates will be valid for five years, part of a campaign to lure holiday makers to Gulf countries. The visas were previously valid for 30 to 90 days.
    (Bloomberg, 1/6/20)

2020        Jan 8, Audio clips revealed by Malaysian anti-graft officials indicated that former PM Najib Razak allegedly sought help from the United Arab Emirates' crown prince to fake evidence to cover up for the 1MDB scandal.
    (Reuters, 1/8/20)

2020        Jan 12, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates affirmed deeper economic ties during a visit by Indonesian President Joko Widodo in which he sought billions of dollars to finance his country's infrastructure and energy projects.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2020        Jan 16, In Abu Dhabi a bus and a truck collided on a major road, killing six people and injuring 19.
    (AP, 1/16/20)

2020        Jan 19, Participants at a Berlin summit agreed to respect a much-violated arms embargo in Libya, halt military support to the warring parties and push them to reach a full cease-fire. The summit was quickly overshadowed by a fresh crisis over oil. There were reports of ongoing fighting on the frontlines south of Tripoli and Western leaders appeared downbeat on the prospects of putting the ceasefire agreement into force. It was later revealed that at least five cargo planes filled with weapons from the UAE and Russia were bound for Libya as global leaders posed for a group picture.
    (AP, 1/20/20)(The Telegraph, 1/20/20)(SFC, 9/4/20, p.A4)

2020        Jan 29, UAE officials said a family of four Chinese tourists in the United Arab Emirates became the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese coronavirus. The family from Wuhan, the epicenter of the viral outbreak, entered the UAE on Jan. 16.
    (AP, 1/29/20)

2020        Jan 31, An Indian diplomat said two Indian sailors were killed and two remain missing after the Zoya 1 oil tanker caught fire earlier this week off the UAE's sheikhdom of Sharjah.
    (AP, 1/31/20)

2020        Feb 9, The United Arab Emirates restored mail services to Qatar, frozen for more than two years amid a diplomatic rift, after a regional meeting attended by both Gulf states and the United Nations’ postal agency.
    (Bloomberg, 2/10/20)

2020        Feb 17, The UAE’s regulatory watchdog gave long-awaited approval to the operator of the Barakah reactor, nudging the Emirates to the brink of membership in an elite club of 30 countries that make nuclear power. This is Arab world’s first commercial nuclear power plant.
    (Bloomberg, 2/17/20)

2020        Feb 21, The United Arab Emirates said it had registered two new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of people diagnosed with the virus in the Gulf Arab state to 11.
    (Reuters, 2/21/20)

2020        Feb 25, The United Arab Emirates became the latest to clamp down on Iran, halting all passenger and cargo flights to and from the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, a similar move to other nearby countries including Armenia, Kuwait, Iraq and Turkey.
    (AP, 2/25/20)

2020        Mar 3, UAE major international airline Emirates said it is asking staff to take unpaid leave for up to a month at a time due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus that has led to flight cancellations around the world.
    (Reuters, 3/3/20)

2020        Mar 5, It was reported that a British judge has ruled that Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (70) ordered the abduction of two of his daughters and orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against Princess Haya (45), his former wife.
    (Reuters, 3/5/20)

2020        Mar 7, In the UAE The number of coronavirus cases rose to 45 from 30.
    (Reuters, 3/7/20)

2020        Mar 18, The UAE stopped Friday sermons to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
    (Econ, 3/21/20, p.43)

2020        Mar 19, The US slapped sanctions on five companies based in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly shipping oil from Iran in defiance of Pres. Donald Trump's unilateral sanctions.
    (AP, 3/19/20)

2020        Mar 22, Dubai's state-owned Emirates, one of the world's biggest long-haul airlines, said it would stop nearly all passenger flights this week and cut staff wages by as much as half because of the coronavirus impact on travel demand.
    (Reuters, 3/22/20)
2020        Mar 22, Dubai canceled the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest purse in horse racing, until 2021.
    (AP, 3/22/20)

2020        Mar 23, The United Arab Emirates, home to the world's busiest international airport in Dubai, announced it was suspending all passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the country for two weeks to stymie the spread of the new coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/23/20)

2020        Mar 26, Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced an overnight weekend lockdown and used drones to tell residents to stay home.
    (AP, 3/26/20)

2020        Mar 28, The United Arab Emirates extended to April 5 a de-facto nightly curfew to sterilize public places. The UAE has reported two deaths from the coronavirus pandemic and 468 confirmed infections.
    (Reuters, 3/28/20)

2020        Mar 30, United Arab Emirates carrier flydubai said it will reduce pay for its employees for three months from April due to the impact of the global coronavirus crisis on its business.
    (Reuters, 3/30/20)

2020        Apr 9, The UAE has reported 2,659 cases of the coronavirus with 12 deaths.
    (AP, 4/9/20)

2020        Apr 28, UAE reported it had seen over 11,300 confirmed cases of the virus with 89 deaths. Recent days have seen numbers rise around 500 daily. Even as confirmed coronavirus cases spike, the UAE was opening up its cavernous malls and restaurants in a gamble to stimulate its economy while still trying to fight off the pandemic.
    (AP, 4/28/20)

2020        May 5, Pakistan said it raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates that workers are returning home with high infection rates and that crowded living conditions in the UAE may be helping the virus spread.
    (Reuters, 5/5/20)

2020        May 11, Turkey was denounced by ministers of five countries for drilling in an offshore area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, France and the UAE also protested a maritime border delineation and military cooperation agreement that Turkey signed last year with Libya's UN-backed government.
    (SFC, 5/13/19, p.A3)

2020        May 20, The UAE delivered 14 tons of protective gear, medical items and ventilators to help curb the spread of the new virus in the Palestinian territories. The Palestinian Authority later said it was not informed about the aid shipment.
    (AP, 5/22/20)

2020        May 22, A British court ruled that Farhad Azima, an Iranian-American aviation magnate and gunrunner tied to the CIA and the Iran-Contra scandal, must pay Ras al-Khaimah, a sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates, over $4.1 million over a series of business disputes.
    (AP, 5/22/20)

2020        Jun 1, The United Arab Emirates called on Israel to halt a plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, joining a long list of Arab nations that have condemned the expected Israeli move.
    (AP, 6/1/20)

2020        Jun 4, Danish citizen Amir Faten Mekky (23), allegedly involved in gang-related crime in southern Sweden, and killings and explosions in Spain, was arrested in Dubai. Mekky was also wanted for two contract killings and several explosions in Spain where he allegedly leads a gang known as “Los Suecos" — Spanish for the Swedes.
    (AP, 6/5/20)
2020        Jun 4, US federal court documents released early today showed that Alaska man Kenneth Zong, accused of laundering $1 billion held in South Korea for Iran, funneled nearly all the money through the United Arab Emirates. Zong allegedly created fake invoices to help Iran draw cash held by South Korea in lieu of payment for oil shipments.
    (AP, 6/4/20)

2020        Jun 22, The Saudi-led coalition announced that Emirati-backed southern separatists and the country’s internationally recognized government have agreed to a cease-fire after months of infighting. The agreement aims to close the rift between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, nominal allies in a war against Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
    (AP, 6/22/20)

2020        Jun 25, Israel and the United Arab Emirates said they will cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, a possible boost to Israeli efforts to normalize relations with Gulf Arab countries.
    (Reuters, 6/26/20)

2020        Jul 3, Two Israeli defence contractors said they will partner with Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42 to develop technologies to help fight the new coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 7/3/20)
2020        Jul 3, US prosecutors said Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, a Nigerian man charged with conspiring to launder a fortune from email scams, has arrived in Chicago to face charges. UAE authorities arrested Abbas last month. Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, had showed off his wealth to 2.4 million Instagram followers. Hushpuppi, and another cyber-heist suspect Olalekan Jacob Ponle (aka Mr Woodberry) appeared in a Chicago court. They had been arrested in Dubai, where they lived, in June. Dubai police said they had been extradited to the US.
    (NBC News, 7/4/20)(BBC, 7/10/20)

2020        Jul 5, The United Arab Emirates announced a wide-ranging government shakeup aimed at creating a more flexible and modern bureaucracy to tackle challenges as the coronavirus and lower oil prices erode what was already sluggish economic growth.
    (AP, 7/5/20)

2020        Jul 7, Dubai allowed tourists back into the country following a COVID-19 shutdown.
    (Econ., 8/1/20, p.37)

2020        Jul 9, Efforts by the United Arab Emirates to fight the coronavirus have renewed questions about mass surveillance in this US-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms.
    (AP, 7/9/20)

2020        Jul 14, The UN's top court (ICJ) backed Qatar in a bitter row with four Middle East nations that imposed an air blockade against Doha after accusing it of backing radical Islamists and Iran. The acrimonious standoff erupted three years ago pitting Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar.
    (AFP, 7/14/20)

2020        Jul 16, The United Arab Emirates said Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company Sinopharm has begun Phase III clinical trials of a COVID-19 vaccine in Abu Dhabi using up to 15,000 volunteers. The human trial is a partnership between Sinopharm's China National Biotec Group (CNBG), Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Group 42 (G42) and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health.
    (Reuters, 7/16/20)
2020        Jul 16, It was reported that a Middle Eastern subsidiary of UK cigarette filter maker Essentra has agreed to pay a fine of more than half a million pounds to US authorities to settle criminal allegations that it breached sanctions on North Korea. The UAE-based entity, called Essentra FZE, has been fined $665,000.
    (AP, 7/17/20)

2020        Jul 20, A United Arab Emirates spacecraft began its journey to Mars following blastoff from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center. The probe, named Amal (Hope), is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.
    (SFC, 7/20/20, p.A2)

2020        Jul 31, The Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE's far western desert near the border with Saudi Arabia reached what scientists called its “first criticality." That's when the nuclear chain reaction within the reactor is self-sustaining. This is the first nuclear power plant on the Arabian Peninsula.
    (AP, 8/1/20)

2020        Aug 5, Abu Dhabi state news said the emirate's defence and security entity Tawazun is to build a satellite assembly, integration and testing center with Airbus in the United Arab Emirates' oasis city of Al Ain.
    (Reuters, 8/5/20)

2020        Aug 9, The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), torn apart by internal strife, endorsed an extension of a UN arms embargo on Iran, just two months before it is set to expire.
    (AP, 8/9/20)

2020        Aug 13, President Donald Trump, PM Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates, agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE. The Abraham accords required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex occupied West Bank land sought by the Palestinians.
    (AP, 8/13/20)(Econ., 10/31/20, p.23)

2020        Aug 16, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said that a deal to establish full diplomatic ties with the UAE proves that Israel doesn't need to retreat from occupied land sought by the Palestinians in order to achieve peace and normalization with Arab states. Telephone service between Israel and the United Arab Emirates began working.
    (AP, 8/16/20)(The Week, 8/16/20)

2020        Aug 17, Iran seized a United Arab Emirates vessel and summoned the UAE envoy after two of its fishermen were shot dead in an incident in the Gulf.
    (AFP, 8/20/20)

2020        Aug 18, It was reported that Dubai again has loosened laws governing alcohol sales and possession of liquor as the sheikhdom tries to claw its way out of an economic depression worsened by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 8/18/20)

2020        Aug 19, UAE authorities said that its Barakah nuclear power plant has been connected to the country's power grid.
    (AP, 8/19/20)
2020        Aug 19, The United Arab Emirates recorded its highest daily number of COVID-19 infections in over a month, a day after the health minister warned cases may rise. The UAE saw 435 infections and one death in the past 24 hours. The UAE has recorded 65,341 total infections and 367 deaths.
    (Reuters, 8/19/20)

2020        Aug 31, An Israeli airliner made a historic first flight from Tel Aviv to the United Arab Emirates, emphasizing new diplomatic ties between the two countries.
    (The Telegraph, 8/31/20)

2020        Sep 2, The United Arab Emirates recorded over 700 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily increase in more than three months. The UAE has recorded 71,540 infections and 387 deaths from COVID-19.
    (AP, 9/2/20)
2020        Sep 2, Saudi Arabia announced that flights to and from the United Arab Emirates “from all countries" will now be able to use its airspace — a statement apparently allowing flyovers by Israel following a deal to normalize UAE-Israel relations.
    (AP, 9/2/20)

2020        Sep 9, The United Arab Emirates recorded 883 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily increase in over three months. The UAE has recorded 75,981 infections and 393 deaths from COVID-19.
    (Reuters, 9/9/20)

2020        Sep 15, Bahrain, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed peace agreements in Washington, heralding a new era of friendship between wealthy Gulf nations and the Jewish state.
    (The Telegraph, 9/15/20)

2020        Sep 17, The Israeli and Dubai diamond exchanges announced they had struck a deal to boost trade.
    (AP, 9/17/20)

2020        Sep 21, The Abu Dhabi Film Commission, the Israel Film Fund and the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film and Television School said they have signed a cooperation agreement for training and production. The agreement includes plans for an annual regional film festival rotating between Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and Israel.
    (Reuters, 9/21/20)

2020        Sep 23, The United Arab Emirates reported its highest daily number of coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic at 1,083 new cases. The UAE has recorded 87,530 infections and 406 deaths from COVID-19 so far.
    (AP, 9/23/20)

2020        Sep 30, The United Arab Emirates recorded its highest daily total of infections for the second day in a row, with 1,158 new cases.
    (Reuters, 9/30/20)

2020        Oct 12, Russia said human trials of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine have begun in the United Arab Emirates. Russia reported 13,592 new coronavirus cases, almost the most recorded in a single day since the pandemic began, pushing the national tally to 1,312,310. Officials said 125 people had died in the previous 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 22,722.
    (AP, 10/12/20)(Reuters, 10/12/20)

2020        Oct 20, Ibrahim al-Abed (78), the founder of the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency and a pioneering media figure as the oil-rich nation grew into a regional power, died. Al-Abed created the WAM news agency in 1977.
    (AP, 10/20/20)

2020        Oct 23, It was reported that the Dubai is building a $3.4 billion coal-fired power plant in an effort to diversify its energy resources.
    (SFC, 10/23/20, p.A4)

2020        Oct 29, In Dubai Sindika Dokolo (48), a Congolese art dealer who married Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos in 2002, died while free diving near Umm al-Hatab Island.
    (AP, 11/1/20)

2020        Nov 7, The United Arab Emirates announced a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings." The changes would take immediate effect.
    (AP, 11/7/20)

2020        Nov 10, The United States announced plans to sell F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates as an apparent reward for the Gulf state agreeing to normalize ties with Israel.
    (AP, 11/11/20)

2020        Nov 26, Sadiq al-Mahdi (84), Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister and leader of the country's largest political party, died of COVID-19 in a hospital in the UAE.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, The low-cost carrier FlyDubai began regular flights to Tel Aviv, the latest sign of the normalization deal taking hold between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
    (AP, 11/26/20)
2020        Nov 26, Officials in Kenya arrested 21 people accused of attempting to use fake "Covid-free certificates" to travel from Kenya to the United Arab Emirates. This came after the UAE issued a visa ban on Kenyans, allegedly after visitors were found using forged certificates.
    (BBC, 11/27/20)

2020        Nov, The UAE said it had found 24 billion barrels-worth of oil beneath Abu Dhabi.
    (Econ., 12/12/20, p.72)

2020        Dec 9, The United Arab Emirates approved a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, citing preliminary data showing that it was 86 percent effective.
    (NY Times, 12/9/20)

2020        Dec 20, The United Arab Emirates’ top diplomat publicly acknowledged a so-far unexplained ban on visitors from Pakistan, which travel agents say also targets tourists and laborers from a dozen Muslim-majority countries amid the pandemic and the UAE's normalization of ties with Israel.
    (AP, 12/21/20)
2020        Dec 20, Meraas Holding, a Dubai government-backed holding company, made a formal bid to buy out DXB Entertainment, the city's struggling theme park operator.
    (AP, 12/20/20)

2020        Dec 23, Dubai-based international port operator DP World announced a deal to develop a new deep-water port in Senegal worth over $1 billion, its biggest ever investment in Africa.
    (AP, 12/23/20)

2020        Dec 29, It was reported that the UAE has emerged as hub for companies helping Venezuela avoid US oil sanctions.
    (Reuters, 12/29/20)

2020        Dec 31, In Dubai travelers from countries, otherwise shut down over the coronavirus, partied without face masks in bars and on yachts. By mid-January the UAE as a whole began reporting record daily coronavirus case numbers as lines at Dubai testing facilities grew.
    (AP, 1/28/21)

2020         The United Arab Emirates drastically reduced its funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in 2020, the year it signed a US-brokered normalization accord with Israel that was heavily criticized by the Palestinian Authority.
    (AP, 2/5/21)

2021        Jan 8, The United Arab Emirates announced that it would reopen its borders and airspace to Qatar after boycotting the tiny energy-rich country alongside its Gulf allies since 2017.
    (AP, 1/8/21)

2021        Jan 12, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates signed their first military cooperation agreement as the eastern Mediterranean island nation seeks to bolster relations with nearby countries in the Middle East.
    (AP, 1/12/20)

2021        Jan 16, The United States called Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates “major security partners" early today, a previously unheard of designation for the two countries home to major American military operations.
    (AP, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 16, Dubai unveiled the signature pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, the world's fair that is scheduled to open later this year even as the global pandemic that forced its postponement continues to rage.
    (AP, 1/16/21)

2021        Jan 21, The United Arab Emirates registered Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine for domestic use. New daily cases in the Gulf state of about 9 million people tripled in the past month to about 354 per million this week.
    (Reuters, 1/21/21)
2021        Jan 21, Dubai's tourism department announced an immediate halt to all live entertainment at hotels and restaurants as COVID-19 cases increased.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A5)

2021        Jan 22, Denmark said it has halted all flights arriving from the United Arab Emirates for five days due to potentially unreliable coronavirus tests in Dubai.
    (Reuters, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 24, Israel said it has opened its embassy in the United Arab Emirates, following through on last year’s US-brokered agreement to establish full diplomatic ties with the Gulf country. The UAE cabinet approved the establishment of an embassy in Tel Aviv.
    (AP, 1/24/21)

2021        Jan 27, The US State Department said it is pausing some arms sales to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that the Trump administration approved. Democrats have opposed the sales because of the countries’ involvement in Yemen’s civil war.
    (NY Times, 1/27/21)

2021        Jan 28, The United States called on Russia, Turkey and the UAE to immediately halt their military interventions in Libya as demanded in a cease-fire agreement, and accept Libyan sovereignty as it moves to unify its government, hold elections and end years of fighting.
    (AP, 1/28/21)

2021        Jan 29, The United Arab Emirates called for an urgent renewal of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Libya and said it is ready to work with the new US administration and all other members of the UN Security Council to restore peace in the oil-rich north African nation.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, Italy said it has stopped the sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in an effort to impede their involvement in the war in Yemen, which has left 80 percent of its people in need of emergency aid.
    (The Telegraph, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The UK instituted a travel ban barring direct flights to the UAE over the spread of a South African variant of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 1/29/21)

2021        Jan 30, The United Arab Emirates announced plans to grant some foreigners citizenship to this oil-rich nation home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, part of efforts to stimulate its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 1/30/21)

2021        Feb 2, Eight Lebanese citizens who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates returned home after mediation efforts by a Lebanese official led to their release.
    (AP, 2/2/21)

2021        Feb 9, A United Arab Emirates spacecraft entered Mars’s orbit, the first interplanetary mission by an Arab nation. The unmanned craft, called Amal, Arabic for Hope, had reached the end of its nearly seven-month, 300-million-mile journey and had begun circling the red planet.
    (AP, 2/9/21)

2021        Feb 16, A daughter of Dubai's powerful ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 only to be detained by commandos in a boat off India has re-emerged in new videos published today, saying she doesn't know if she's “going to survive this situation." Her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also serves as the prime minister and vice president in the hereditarily ruled UAE.
    (AP, 2/16/21)

2021        Feb 17, The United Arab Emirates, a key international travel hub, announced it has lifted its ban on Boeing’s 737 Max, allowing the plane to return to its skies after being grounded for nearly two years following a pair of deadly crashes.
    (AP, 2/17/21)
2021        Feb 17, The attorney for Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum (35), a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, urged the Gulf emirate to release the young woman from almost three years of detention and avoid further international scandal after a videotaped plea for freedom spurred the UN’s human rights body to seek information about her status.
    (AP, 2/17/21)

2021        Feb 18, Mohammed Dahlan, a rival to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, announced that the UAE is sending 20,000 doses of the Russian coronavirus vaccine to the Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 2/18/21)

2021        Feb 21, Major arms makers descended on a convention center in Abu Dhabi, hoping to make deals with militaries across the Middle East. The UAE unveiled $1.36 billion in local and foreign arms deals to supply its forces.
    (AP, 2/21/21)
2021        Feb 21, 20,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V, donated by the United Arab Emirates and organized by Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan, entered the Gaza through its border with Egypt.
    (AP, 2/21/21)

2021        Mar 7, The first independent digital banking platform in the United Arab Emirates was launched, a neobank hoping to become a leader in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Dubai-based YAP partnered with RAK Bank which provides international bank account numbers for YAP users and secures their funds under its own banking license.
    (Reuters, 3/7/21)

2021        Mar 24, It was reported that Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (75), the deputy ruler of Dubai and an internationally renowned horseman, has died.
    (AP, 3/24/21)

2021        Apr 3, In Dubai videos and photographs depicting over a dozen naked women, lined up on a balcony while being filmed in Dubai’s upscale Marina neighborhood in broad daylight, splashed across social media. Police soon arrested a group of people on charges of public debauchery. Police in Dubai soon arrested 11 Ukrainian women and a Russian man for their involvement in the nude photo shoot.
    (AP, 4/4/21)(AP, 4/6/21)

2021        Apr 8, Syria received a planeload from the United Arab Emirates with food items and medical aid to help the war-torn country in its fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 4/8/21)

2021        Apr 10, The United Arab Emirates named the next two astronauts in its space program, including the country's first female astronaut.
    (AP, 4/10/21)

2021        Apr 12, Dubai said that US self-driving car company Cruise will become the first to operate autonomous taxis and ride-hailing services in the UAE city of more than three million people.
    (AP, 4/12/21)

2021        Apr 14, The UAE-based Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center said it is partnering with Japan’s ispace company to send a rover to the moon on an unmanned spacecraft by 2022, rather than 2024. The “Rashid" rover, named after Dubai’s ruling family, will deploy to the moon using ispace's lunar lander.
    (AP, 4/14/21)

2021        Apr 28, Dubai police said they arrested 10 suspects in a massive knife fight that killed three people, a relatively rare outburst of violence in the Gulf Arab sheikdom.
    (AP, 4/28/21)

2021        May 2, Dubai's budget carrier flydubai reported a loss of $194 million in 2020 as revenue fell by more than 50% in what it described as one of the toughest years in the aviation industry.
    (AP, 5/2/21)
2021        May 2, Prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas (91) said he will not accept the high-priced Sheikh Zayed Book Award from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision.
    (AP, 5/2/21)

2021        May 18, The United Arab Emirates said it will offer booster shots to those who received the Chinese state-backed Sinopharm vaccine six months after vaccination. Last month, China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus.
    (AP, 5/18/21)

2021        May 26, Yemeni officials demanded answers after an Associated Press report highlighted a mysterious air base being built on a Yemeni island in one of the world's crucial maritime chokepoints. The runway on Mayun Island allows whoever controls it to project power into the strait and easily launch airstrikes into mainland Yemen. Military officials said the UAE is building the runway.
    (AP, 5/26/21)

2021        Jun 11, South Africa said it has finalized an extradition treaty with the UAE that would allow it to bring back members of an Indian family accused of involvement in high-level state corruption to face trial. Brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta are believed to be living in Dubai.
    (AP, 6/11/21)
2021        Jun 11, The UN elected five countries to join the powerful 15-member UN Security Council with no suspense because all were unopposed -- Brazil, the UAE, Albania, Ghana and Gabon.
    (AP, 6/11/21)

2021        Jun 12, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said about two-thirds of people eligible for inoculation against COVID-19 have now received two doses of the vaccine in Dubai, the tourist and business hub of the United Arab Emirates.
    (Reuters, 6/13/21)

2021        Jun 16, It was reported that Germany's finance minister has ordered the purchase of data on Germans with assets in Dubai as part of efforts to combat tax evasion, following similar purchases by regional authorities of data from Switzerland in the past decade.
    (AP, 6/16/21)

2021        Jun 22, The Abu Dhabi health authority's phone application showed updated criteria for vaccine access, saying visitors to the capital could now get the COVID-19 shot by presenting their passports. On June 24 Abu Dhabi announced that it will not allow tourists flying into the emirate to receive coronavirus vaccines.
    (AP, 6/22/21)(AP, 6/24/21)
2021        Jun 22, Dubai’s state-owned sovereign wealth fund announced a net loss of $5.1 billion over the past year. It marks the first loss in years for the investment arm of Dubai government.
    (AP, 6/22/21)

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