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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)

2.2k 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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashidun_Caliphate)

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)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saqr_bin_Mohammad_al-Qassimi)

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.
    (www.uaeinteract.com/uaeint_misc/pdf_2005/zayed_tribute/zayed.pdf)

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.
    (www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Terrorism/incidents.html)

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. 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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peninsula_Shield)

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.
    (WSJ, 1/11/05, p.A1)(Econ, 6/5/10, p.75)

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, 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.
    (www.dubaifilmfest.com/en/about-diff/diff-facts-figures.html)

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        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.
    (www.gulfnews.com/nation/Government/10298829.html)

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 became 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.
    (www.dubaifilmfest.com/schedule_2009.php)

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)

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        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        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        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.
    (AP, 12/3/14)(AP, 12/4/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.51)

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

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)

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