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UAE institutes military draft as Iran’s shadow grows

Troops from the United Arab Emirates Ground Force.  /Asharq Al-Awsat

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has begun recruitment under the new military conscription law. On July 13, hundreds of young men lined up at draft centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ein, Sharjah and Western Region. […]

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Joint Chiefs chairman urges U.S. allies in Middle East to lower expectations

Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, citing a strained defense budget, has warned allies against expecting military help. A senior military official acknowledged that most U.S. allies in the Middle East sought increased American intervention, particularly from the […]

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China overtaking U.S. as Gulf states’ top economic partner

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech on the relations and cooperation between China and Arab states at the 2014 China-Arab Cooperation Forum on June 5.   /

Special to ABU DHABI — China and the Gulf Cooperation Council have pledged to form a strategic alliance. Officials said Beijing planned to significantly increase investment in the six-member GCC. They said China was replacing the United States […]

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Egypt gets an armored assist from UAE to secure elections

Egyptians will vote on May 26-27 in a presidential election that Abdel Fattah Sisi is expected to win easily.  /Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has received armored vehicles from the United Arab Emirates to help secure the presidential elections. Egyptian sources said the UAE flew 15 armored vehicles to Cairo in late May. They said the vehicles were […]

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China awarded oil share in deal with UAE for developing new energy fields

China National Petroleum Corp. has won

Special to ABU DHABI — China has been granted the right to produce and export oil from the United Arab Emirates. The state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. reached agreement to develop seven energy fields in the UAE emirate of […]

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Inexpensive spy drones are all the rage in UAE, putting residents on edge

Annoying drones are buzzing residents in Dubai. / Reuters / Charles Platiau

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has become concerned by the proliferation of miniature unmanned aerial vehicles. Officials acknowledged that UAE residents were flying mini-UAVs with sophisticated surveillance payloads. The officials said the platforms were being […]

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

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

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

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

UAE security chief Gen. Dahi Khalfan

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar has been threatened by a Gulf Cooperation Council neighbor. The United Arab Emirates has claimed that Qatar was part of the emirates. A senior official said Qatar represented the eighth emirate of the […]

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


Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been identified as destabilizing Arab states. A Qatari think tank asserted that Abu Dhabi and Riyad were trying to stop the Islamic revolt throughout the Middle […]

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

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

Special to CAIRO — Egypt and Russia have concluded an agreement for a $2 billion weapons deal. Officials said Cairo and the Kremlin concluded three months of negotiations for the sale of Russian helicopters and air defense systems to […]

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