UAE / by Lewis McKinnon

The UAE continues to coordinate with its traditional allies to deal with the regional issues of concern. In the month of July, the UAE Foreign Minister received his counterparts from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and on both occassions, discussions revolved around their continuous support for anti-Houthi forces in Yemen and fight against what they consider as 'extremism' in Syria and Iraq. Regarding Yemen, the UAE significantly contributed to the routing of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from the province of Aden, where conservative factions were given keys to power by the Saudi-led coalition. As for the situation in Syria and Iraq, anti-ISIS coalition set up a counter-terrorism propaganda centre in Abu Dhabi, which will battle the Daesh over the hearts and minds of thousands of young Muslims in the region. From this it can be assumed that the counter-revolutionary and conservative bloc of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE is still strongly united against pro-Iranian and anti-status quo forces in the region. UAE's economy continues to grow, despite falling oil prices. Experts attribute such occurence to the success of non-oil activities such as construction and finances. However, the UAE still had to adjust to global energy conditions and raised the price of petrol by 23.6 per cent, which will last throughout the month of August.