Dubai 'crisis over; emirates united'
Nabulus (West Bank), December 17, 2009
The economic crisis in Dubai is over, the United Arab Emirates foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahayan said on Thursday. The $10 billion aid package this week from Abu Dhabi to Dubai had proved the unity of the UAE, he added.
Speaking to Reuters during a visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, he said the UAE government was 'committed to dealing with the effects of the global crisis' for all UAE members. 'The economic crisis in Dubai is over,' he said.
The lifeline to fellow-member Dubai 'is proof that the UAE is united politically and economically', Sheikh Abdullad added. 'It is also proof that UAE remains committed towards local government to deal with effects of the global economic crisis.
'I believe the (global) crisis will be behind us once the United States recovers, and we believe the US is recovering, which will reflect on other countries.'
Dubai World rocked global markets on November 25 when it asked creditors for a standstill in debt mainly linked to its two property firms, Nakheel and Limitless World.
Abu Dhabi came to the rescue of Dubai on Dec. 14, several days after state-owned conglomerate Dubai World asked creditors for a delay on payments of debts totalling some $26 billion.
The UAE safety-net, in the form of bonds to head off a bond default, cheered Gulf and global markets but raised questions about the undisclosed terms.-Reuters