United Arab Emirates. According to
Countryaah.com, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi
Arabia introduced VAT at the beginning of the year. The
reason was lower revenues due to falling world market prices
for oil. Both countries are now the first Gulf states to
introduce this type of tax.
The Swedish Parliament decided in February to make it
more difficult to export military equipment to, for example,
the United Arab Emirates. According to a new Swedish law,
the recipient country's democratic status is a "central
criterion" for an export permit.
According to an audit conducted by Sweden's Radio program
"Caliber", it was revealed in March that the Swedish Civil
Aviation Administration, through a subsidiary since 2013,
has collaborated with a company in the United Arab Emirates
that has links to the country's arms and defense industry.
It turns out that the CAA's subsidiary has, among other
things, worked with air traffic control of military aircraft
involved in the Yemen conflict. The United Arab Emirates is
part of the Saudi-led coalition against the Huthirbels in
Yemen. The CAA's subsidiary claims that this connection is
unknown. The collaboration should have been worth SEK 1
A British student, 31-year-old Matthew Hedge, was
sentenced in November to life in prison for spying in the
country. Hedge was arrested at Dubai airport on his way home
in May after researching the United Arab Emirates security
policy after the Arab Spring of 2011. However, he was
pardoned shortly after the verdict.
In February, the world's longest so-called zipline was
opened at the United Arab Emirates highest mountain in Ras
al-Khayma. It is a 2.8 kilometer long cable car where the
chopped passenger hanging in harness can reach a speed of up
to 150 kilometers per hour.