Mix of nationalities shields UAE from Arab unrest, says police chief

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Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai police chief

Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai police chief

The UAE is stable despite a wave of Arab protests that has reached other Gulf Arab countries, and is not considering new initiatives to reinforce security, Dubai's police chief said on Tuesday.

"The situation in the UAE is stable. There is no fear with regard to security," Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's police chief and a member of the emirate's Executive Council, said on the sidelines of a conference.

Gulf Arab countries, whose oil wealth has provided a high standard of living compared to the rest of the Arab world, were once thought immune from spreading Arab protests that toppled leaders in Tunisia and Egypt and triggered revolt in Libya.

But anti-government protests have now spread to several Gulf countries including Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia although there have been no signs so far of protest in the UAE, which includes business hub Dubai and oil-exporting Abu Dhabi.

"There are so many nationalities present. We are not afraid, and we aren't taking any new initiative to reinforce security," Tamim said.

The UAE, the world's third-largest oil exporter, along with Qatar, the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter, are seen as the Gulf states least vulnerable to the political unrest.

The UAE's local population of around 15 percent of its total estimated five million is dwarfed by a larger number of expatriates in the seven-emirate federation, which has one of the world's highest gross domestic products per capita at over $47,000.

Were there to be discontent in the UAE, analysts say it likely would appear in less developed emirates whose citizens have benefited less from the capital Abu Dhabi's vast oil wealth or trade and property-fuelled development in Dubai.

Earlier this month, state media said the UAE will invest $1.6bn to improve infrastructure in less developed regions of the country.

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Posted by: Hisham

Apparently the person shifting through the comments allows much more critique on the UAE than on India, leaving us unable to respond to the baseless and very contradicting remarks made here by @Shrav and his other kinfolk. In case this one does go through, I would like to remind @Shrav that his own countrymen are responsible for recruiting workers in India, and that you will rarely see any other nationality go there and do this. At the same time, in 99% of the cases in which workers are exploited and mistreated, you'll find another one of his countrymen reaping the benefits and making a good living for himself (mostly in his own country). At the same time, the non-stop inflow is eating away at the country on every level, yet @Shrav feels that it is them who are entitled to complain... And I would be extremely shocked if you really believe "Without the UAE, expats would have worked to develop their own countries." It's that simple huh?

Posted by: Helal

Hello Shrav, we really have no issues if India or any country is aeons ahead of the UAE but the concise pertinent question is and will always be why do hordes of Indians STILL keep landing on the golden shores of the Arabian Gulf?
As to building the UAE, you keep repeating the same ad nauseam and we keep reminding you ad infinitum that you all were well paid for it, you did not do us a favor, far from it, it is the UAE that has opened its gates and allowed you to build your futures and inflate your bank balances; had it not been for the UAE, I will leave it to your fertile imagination to think of the dire consequences...

Posted by: Shrav

@obaid - Apart from Delhi, the rest of India is safe & the infrastructure is reasonably good. When expats (who leave their families in India) return back, they are unable to get a job because of their gulf experience. Also, their savings is less than a common Indian resident. I am referring to the blue collar & working class population! All the generations succeeding the expat tend work in gulf because they get more used to the place than their own country. Also, the fact that emiratis & expats are equally proud in witnessing UAE's development. Without the UAE, expats would have worked to develop their own countries. Due to historical relationship and for giving a chance to serve your land, we remain grateful. shukran Al emarat! All we want you to understand is that all expats are not the same: proud and ungrateful. There are kind hearted human expatriates too.

Posted by: Obaid

@ Shrav, you cannot spew hogwash and be haughty towards your gracious host without being contradicted and corrected. You always seem to contradict yourself without even noticing. So the UAE's high living costs gnaws a large portion of the expats income and their savings and people get caught up in this vicious circle, but you still so desperately cling with your nails and claws to the UAE. May be if India could provide you with an ounce of what the UAE can provide you in terms of infrastructure, salary, standard of living, peace and security, you would have never stepped out of your country. Each expat should be proud of his contribution towards the development of the UAE, the UAE is also proud of providing you with a God sent incomparable opportunity. Ponder for a while, had it not been you building the UAE, it would have simply been someone else, but had it not been for the UAE, where would you all and your families have been???

Posted by: Shrav

@Helal - My answer to your question is very simple. Your men allow/allowed us to work and our men were ready to explore and work. Thats the primary reason why Indians STILL keep landing on the Arabian Gulf shores (which were previously Golden, not anymore). The recent statistics reveal that the migration trend towards the gulf nations has decresed. I support localization and applaud Saudi's Nitaqat scheme. If you chose to stop ppl coming into your country,you could ban or atleast keep a nationality check. When people go to the Gulf - it affects our domestic industries to a great extent. Keeping a nationality check could benefit both the nations. We are proud of our work and so we will keep talking about our work. And if you read the posts below you understand that we have been paid a marginal % of deserved amount and incurring high living costs (high rents, indirect taxes etc). Expat work helped UAE increase their GDP and therefore locals enjoy a high class lifestyle.

Posted by: Dr. Essa

@ Shrav, its better to keep fingers off the keyboard and appear stupid than tap the keyboard and remove all doubts. Did you say INTELLIGENCE and ACUMEN? We call it NEPOTISM and FAVORITISM when you and your family, your friends and your countrymen monopolize the jobs and create your own protective buddy system and cozy networks that are fraught with conflict of interest. Expats like you exhibit absolutely no level of commitment, loyalty and any sense of ownership towards your employer or the UAE or its citizens, your unwavering loyalty and commitment is and will always be towards your own incompetent and lazy friends. If as you claim Indians or Asians have INTELLIGENCE and ACUMEN, I wonder what the Germans and your own close neighbors the Chinese, the Japanese and Koreans have? Remember that this selfish, self serving and destructive nationalism exhibited at work places WILL NOT continue for long and do not feel too comfortable in the UAE and have contingency plans ALWAYS.

Posted by: Sarmad

We are a small country that is floating on oil and God has blessed us with lots of His grace and bounties and all you guests are in this same country to share some of that grace and bounties, so better render some gratitude towards your hospitable host so that you are not considered an ingrate who literally bites the hand that feeds him and his family.

Posted by: antipak

Ur a small country and have Oil... so dont think it s a big job to keep it running...ooops yes indeed even for this you require expats.... mostly asian.... So dont be too proud , look out at the world and you will see what work is left to be done before you think you are on par with the world.

Posted by: Shrav

H.E.Dr. Tamim's statement really surprises me. Previously, he wanted all the Gulf states to enforce caps on the Asian expat population and now he says the expats are shielding UAE from arab revolution. In case, any one wishes to counter agrue that by expats he meant, british or americans etc, you are wrong. A good majority of the expats in the UAE are Indian nationals. The UAE is a safe country and there are many kind hearted Emiratis. Those Emiratis who blame us - I am with you this time. Even I dont not accept such a statement! I think your country needs expats because they are craving for some development post 2008 crisis of Dubai. At the end of the day, with our values and intelligence, only we will remain to offer support to our Emirati brothers. (for those who want to argue - all doctors, nurses, drivers, officeboys and teachers in your country - who form the core base of your existance are Indians.

Posted by: Navin

@Hisham, and how much do the labourer's and maid make here you think, $ 48,000 or closer to $ 1500? and what percentage of the population do they make? per Capita GDP is another of those statistics that tell half the story, to get the real feel and what effects us the middle and upper class check real estate prices, look where the luxury good manufacturer's are headed and look at who owns all those companies produce the rice, steel and Range Rovers!

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