Friday, March 4, 2011
Support for Oman
One thing that can be said for the recent protests in Oman, it seems to be bringing the leaders of the UAE and Oman together. Even though travel between the UAE and Oman is pretty free (to the point that most auto insurance policies in the UAE include Oman), there has always been a little bit of a rivalry between the two countries. However, according to a recent article, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs (basically the Vice-President of the UAE, the future President of the UAE, and the President's minister) all visited with the leader of Oman to say that they back Oman and will do what they can to keep things from getting out of hand. They also agreed to put previous differences aside, though I doubt that Oman plans to give Burami back.