United Arab Emirates

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird stopping by the United Arab Emirates last week, Canada won a diplomatic victory as the two countries signed an agreement to cancel a costly visa requirement imposed by the small Gulf Kingdom on Canadian visitors following a political spat a few years ago. The UAE has also been at the centre of international attention this week as the kingdom launches a trial for some ninety UAE citizens suspected of planning an Islamist-inspired coup against the ruling royal family. According to reports, one of the detainees is a cousin of one of the UAE’s ruling sheiks (April 7, 2013 ABC News; April 2, 2013 CBC News).