Although the creation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971 was not an easy task given the geopolitics of the region, it nevertheless has given a strong push to the aspirations of the people of the region toward integration, which is a prerequisite for real development. However, these aspirations were shattered as soon as the founding fathers of the union passed from the scene and a new generation of leaders took up the helm. These new leaders not only failed to consolidate the progress that was made by the founding fathers, but also they have led the union in a new direction that proved to be detrimental to the long-run security and prosperity of its citizens, namely: more restrictions on individual freedoms and the adoption of a distorted model of development that have marginalized the role of citizens in the economy and have not reduced the country's dependence on oil. Therefore, the security and development of the country in the coming years will depend on the government's ability to open up politically and opt for a federal model of development and closer cooperation with both the Gulf states and the rest of the Arab world.
Research Article| October 01 2013
The United Arab Emirates at a crossroads†
Contemporary Arab Affairs (2013) 6 (4): 567–581.
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Yousef Khalifah Al-Yousef; The United Arab Emirates at a crossroads. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 October 2013; 6 (4): 567–581. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2013.837337
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