Chronology: United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Jan. 29: The UAE denounced a Danish newspaper for publishing pictures that depicted the Prophet Muhammad as an Islamic terrorist. [GN, 1/29]

Jan. 30: A chain of UAE supermarkets, the Consumer Cooperative Union, began a boycott of Danish products in response to a Danish newspaper's publishing of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as an Islamic terrorist. [MEO, 1/30]

Feb. 10: Prime Minister Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum reconfigured the cabinet, which President Shaykh Khalifa bin Zayid Al Nahayyan swiftly approved. Shaykh Muhammad's proposal reduced several former ministries to agencies and called for the creation of five new ministries. In all, the cabinet gained eight new members and one new woman member. [Al-Jazeera, 2/10]

Feb. 22: US President George W. Bush backed a deal that would allow a UAEowned company to take over management operations of six major US ports. The company, Dubai Ports World, acquired the operations through a corporate buyout of P&O, a British firm that formerly managed the ports. President Bush met strong opposition from both Democrats and Republicans who voiced concerns about a foreign-owned company managing US ports. …