The defense (2009) comprises about 51,000 men enlisted
and is organized in an army of 44,000 men in 7 brigades with
470 modern tanks. The Navy comprises 2,500 men with 4 larger
fighters, 14 patrol vessels, 28 landing boats, etc. The Air
Force comprises 4,500 men with 184 fighter aircraft and 40
armed helicopters. The material is modern and of Western
Defense costs fell from 7.6% to 5.5% of GDP in 1985-2007.
France has three fighter aircraft, and the United States has
approximately 110 men based in its central command. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that UAE stands for United Arab Emirates.
Dubai initiated a number of spectacular construction
projects at the start of the new millennium, with Emirates
Towers, Palm Islands and Burj Dubai in particular. Burj
Dubai was to become the tallest building in the world with
828 m. However, the giant construction projects and
especially the Palm Islands and Burj Dubai were caught up in
the global financial crisis. The completion of Burj Dubai
was delayed because the builders were short of money due to
the crisis and Dubai ended up having to spend the money in
the UAE itself. When the building was finally completed in
January 2010, it was renamed Burj Khalifa after the UAE
President. Dubai has a foreign debt of $ 80 billion US $.
The crisis has therefore hit the city hard and has stalled
many construction projects.
To complete the gigantic construction projects and keep
the city up and running, 250,000 migrant workers have been
brought to the city, which generally lives in miserable
conditions. In recent years, this has led to several
revolts. The financial crisis in 2009 led to thousands of
workers being sent home on "unpaid leave". Hundreds of
Filipino migrant workers were brought home to the
Philippines in the same year after fleeing their employers,
where they were subjected to violence, non-payment or
malnutrition. Although new legislation was introduced in
2007 to improve conditions for migrant workers, they
continue to be treated poorly and live as the lowest
subclass in the country.
In January 2010, terrorists from the state-run Israeli
terrorist organization killed Mossad Hamas' representative
in Dubai, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Israel mostly murders
Palestinians inside the occupied territories, but has also
liquidated dozens of Palestinians outside Palestine over the
past 40 years. However, the new aspect of the Dubai
liquidation was that the terrorists had used counterfeit
passports from Australia, Ireland and the UK to enter Dubai.
This led to a diplomatic crisis between the three countries
on the one hand and Israel on the other, and to the
expulsion of several Israeli diplomats, including the
Israeli ambassador to Australia.
In 2005, Sheik Khalifa bought 29.5 acres of land in
Seychelles to build a new palace in the small island state.
The purchase and construction were approved by the
government across existing rules and regulatory
requirements. The UAE provides significant "development
assistance" to the country.
In the spring of 2011, the UAE hit hard on organizations,
human rights activists and bloggers inspired by the "Arab
Spring" seeking to promote democratic reforms. In April, 6
bloggers were arrested and 5 were subsequently tried and
convicted of "criminal slander". They had discussed at the
Hewar discussion forum the upheaval in Egypt and the need
for democratic reforms in the UAE. The authorities also
replaced the boards of the Association of Lawyers, the
Teachers' Organization and 2 other NGOs. The four
organizations had signed a joint document calling for
democratic reforms in the country. In its November 2014
report, "There is no Freedom here". Silencing dissent in
the United Arab Emirates Amnesty International lists
100 people who have been tried since 2011, only to demand
political reform. At least 67 of them remained incarcerated.
They were political prisoners. The dictatorship frequently
deprives its citizens of their citizenship for their
democratic activities, or simply leaves them to disappear.
From April, the UAE sent aircraft and ships to Libya to
participate in NATO's overthrow of the Ghadaffi regime in