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Yearbook 2017

United Arab Emirates. In February it was announced that the Saab Defense Group had made new deals with the United Arab Emirates, including another copy of the Saab Global Eye reconnaissance flight. Previously, the country has ordered two copies of the plane, worth SEK 10.7 billion.

2017 United Arab Emirates

According to, the United Arab Emirates was not included in the US entry ban in January, however, in March, a ban on passengers to bring electronic items such as computers or reading tablets into the cabin during direct flights from the capital Abu Dhabi to the United States. A total of ten airports in the Middle East and North Africa were included. In July, the ban was removed for Abu Dhabi.

In connection with the Qatari crisis during the summer, the United Arab Emirates, as well as several other surrounding countries, severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. All banking transactions to and from Qatari banks were also stopped. The reason for the crisis was that Qatar had been accused of supporting terrorist-stamped groups. In July, the United Arab Emirates was accused of being behind a hacker attack against Qatar. The purpose of the attack was to try to discredit Qatar's leader Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani by attributing to him statements that pointed to just Qatari loyalty to terrorism, something they thus succeeded in.

Reduced oil revenues in October led the United Arab Emirates to double the price of tobacco and increased the price of soft drinks by 50%. Other oil-producing countries in the area also plan to introduce VAT at the turn of the year 2017/18.

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