Analyzing the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia’s Special Relationship
By Christopher Gooding
Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are very similar in a number of ways; culturally, economically, and even in sharing the same traditions; however the way the countries are managed and the way of life in each is fundamentally different in numerous ways. Though Islamic royal families govern both, there are some key differences that also need addressing.
In order to be intuitive and analyze the relationship between these two neighboring countries, one must first know the basic background of the region and the formations of the countries. The United Arab Emirates is a relatively small Federation that lies on the
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OPEC essentially sets a market place value for the price of crude oil per barrel which member states are “urged greatly” to follow; though it is hard to make sure each state complies. Another institution that the two are part of is the GCC or the Gulf Cooperation Council. It’s goals are to “establish regulations in fields such as economy, finance, and trade, set up joint ventures, and even unify military expeditions”(GCC, 2010). Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. are both participating members of this organization, and have poured money into it, hoping to soon generate enough support to create a regional currency, however that plan has been dropped in priority due to disputes over it’s implementation, and even currency name. Another organization these two countries are members of is the Organization of The Islamic Conference. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization in the world after the U.N., composed of 57 member states spread over 4 continents (OIC, 2010). The organization claims to be the voice of the Muslim world and aims to protect