UAE / by Michelle Ryan

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, in an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries. The UAE allegedly arranged a secret meeting in January 2017 as part of an effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo. New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has announced that his country is considering restrictions on laptops and other large electronic devices on flight cabins from some Muslims majority countries in the Middle East. An Emirati soldier was shot dead in an incident involving an Iranian ship that was attempting to enter UAE territorial waters. Dubai police have arrested a group of foreign hackers after they targeted five senior White House officials in a blackmail email scam. An Iranian businessman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, after being convicted of attempting to re-export an electric generator to Iran. According to a report from the World Economic Forum, the UAE is the second safest country in the world behind only Finland. Following talks on 24 April between, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, the UAE and Japan have agreed to broaden economic ties between the two countries. Two major lenders in the UAE, the First Gulf Bank and the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, have merged to become the largest bank in the country under the name First Abu Dhabi Bank. On 26 April, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) opened the UAE’s first solar- powered petrol station.