Recent shifts in the UAE, such as the large-scale military withdrawal from Yemen and recent security understandings with Iran, show that Abu Dhabi is moving to a somewhat different “position” than it has done in the last five years.
Surprises in this track are unlikely to be ruled out, as there is some disappointment in US President Donald Trump over the rulers in Abu Dhabi, and there are no signs of “achievements” on the ground that Khalifa Haftar could achieve in Abu Dhabi. The aspirations (or illusions) in Tunisia, Sudan and Somalia have failed, and Mohammed bin Zayed and his associates have been seen as being under scrutiny in terms of following the complete rule in these countries (and others) of the Abu Dhabi perspective, Political maps in this country and that.
As for the aspiration of the ignorant (and sometimes caricature) media in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and their footnotes in the non-hypothetical, stressing the “strength” of the relations between the two allied countries, it means nothing but “something” happening in these relations.
This may be similar to the urgency of the Ruler of Dubai, Vice President of the UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid, in his recently published poems, to confirm the strength of his brothers with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and the latter’s support for him, which may make it possible that “something” required this much.
This comes in the shadow of a terrible political and media failure that the UAE is reaping in the shadow of its conspiracies in its foreign intervention, as expressed recently by ben Rashid during a meeting of the rulers of the UAE.
Mohammed bin Rashid spoke at the meeting with deep resentment of the foreign policy of the state, called for urgent changes in it, and angrily criticized the spending of millions of dollars in the UAE military interventions in other countries, pointing to Libya, where he bet on Khalifa Haftar unable to accomplish anything and to Yemen.
Bin Rashid expressed his sincere concern that Dubai (and the entire UAE) would be affected by any military behavior that Iran might bring if the American crisis were to be dragged into war. The UAE policy remained aligned against the Iranian neighbor.
Bin Rashid Al-Attal’s recognition of the failure of the UAE’s political, military, media and field options in several files have been reinforced by Abu Dhabi, and that these pounds are accumulating month after month.
In addition, it is not unlikely that Mohammed bin Rashid felt the seriousness of the threat that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah hinted at. He said that the “UAE glass cities” would not be immune from Iranian strikes if the incident occurred.
In addition to this, and many more, there are the alarming prices that Dubai is forced to pay in the current regional tensions in the Gulf, which bear a heavy share of the UAE, with its adventurous foreign policies cooked by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
The latest measures taken by the Dubai government to stimulate the economy have not made a big impact. The emirate’s hotels, most of them luxurious, are seeing their worst performance this year since 2009, with more than 500 of them finally being laid off, the Bloomberg news agency reported.
The policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries has received considerable opposition from the rulers of other emirates other than Abu Dhabi, which is the dominant decision-maker in the country.
Recently, the media has been reporting on the UAE’s retreat from its anti-Iranian initiatives and positions.
One of the most prominent manifestations of this decline is the suspension of the UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed on the incident targeting oil tankers last May in the Gulf of Oman, where he said: “We must get definitive evidence to accuse Iran of involvement in the attack on tankers.”
The UAE subsequently announced its intention to withdraw its troops from Yemen and reduce its support for the Arab alliance led by Saudi Arabia against the Houthis.
Six years later, security officials from the UAE and Iran met in Tehran.
The latest sign of rapprochement between the UAE and Iran is the visit of two Emirati ministers to Tehran despite US sanctions on the Iranian banking sector.