Chronology: United Arab Emirates

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Chronology: United Arab Emirates


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Jan. 25: Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the UAE government of curtailing freedom of speech in a conference held in Dubai. The conference was shut down by UAE officials from the Ministry of Economy who claimed that HRW did not have the proper permit to host the conference. Lack of evidence as to the identity of the officials led to speculation that they were in fact members of the state security forces. [Reuters, 1/25]

Jan. 25: Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company Masdar agreed to invest millions of dirhams in clean energy projects in Scotland. Masdar signed a deal with the Energy Technology Partnership, an alliance of 12 Scottish universities engaged in development and energy-related research. Research would be conducted in offshore and onshore wind projects, carbon capture and storage, investment in the low-carbon economy, and renewable energy research and development. [NYT, 1/25]

Feb. 19: The UAE passed a law granting citizenship, at the age of 18, to 1,117 children of Emirati women married to foreigners. The decree did not extend citizenship to all children of Emirati mothers married to foreigners, but represented a significant step forward in a country where citizenship was previously limited to those with Emirati fathers. [AFP, 2/19]

Mar. 2: The UAE expelled dozens of Syrians protesting in Dubai over the Asad regime's crackdown on demonstrators. …

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