United Arab Emirates

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Profile: United Arab Emirates

A March 2013 article by David Hearst, a leader writer for the London Guardian shone an embarrassing light on the UAE’s political sub-currents. According to Mr Hearst, for over six months, some 70 of 94 activists accused of plotting to overthrow the government of the United Arab Emirates had been held in secret detention. It was only after their families threatened a sit-in that the accused   were brought to the court blindfolded, some showing obvious signs of torture, malnutrition and mistreatment.

The evidence against them was also a mystery. The state prosecutor's file, which was only sent to the court a few days before the trial began, relied heavily on the forced confessions of two of the accused. On the first day, one of them, Ahmed Ghaith al-Suwaidi, had a dramatic change of heart. Denying the charges, he pleaded with the court to protect his family, saying that: ‘I know that what I am going to say may cost me my life, but I deny the charges and I ask the court to protect my life and the life of my family.’

Interestingly, the accused came from all walks of Emirati life. The leader of the alleged plot, Sheikh Sultan bin Kayed al-Qassimi was the cousin of the ruler and a member of one of the UAE's seven ruling families. 

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Profile: United Arab Emirates

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Al Imarat al Arabiyya al Muttahida (United Arab Emirates) (UAE)
Head of State: President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zaid al Nahyan (ruler of Abu Dhabi) (since Nov 2004)
Head of government: Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed al Maktoum (ruler of Dubai) (from 4 Jan 2006)
Ruling party: There are no official political parties
Area: 83,600 square km
Population: 9.30 million (2014)*
Capital: Abu Dhabi (federal capital); Dubai (commercial capital)
Official language: Arabic
Currency: Dirham (Dh) = 100 fils
Exchange rate: Dh3.67 per US$ (fixed) (Jul 2014)
GDP per capita: US$43,180 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.60% (2014)*
GDP: US$401.65 billion (2014)*
Inflation: 2.35% (2014)
Oil production: 3.71 million bpd (2015)
Natural gas production: 57.80 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$63.69 billion (2010)
Annual FDI: US$7.68 billion (2011)
* estimated figure


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