United Arab Emirates. According to
Countryaah website, US Vice President Dick Cheney
visited the United Arab Emirates in mid-March during a round
trip aimed at supporting the fight against terror and an
attack on Iraq. The visit came overshadowed by the violence
in the West Bank and Gaza. At the end of March, anti-Israeli
demonstrations took place in Abu Dhabi.
Dubai police attacked a number of people suspected of
money laundering in June. Among the arrested were Arabs and
European citizens, but the police refused to indicate how
many were arrested. In November, the United Arab Emirates
tightened the rules for transfers through the informal
banking system hawala. The United States suspects that the
hawala system is being used to pay terrorist groups.
On June 23, the leaders of the United Arab Emirates and
Oman signed a border agreement.
In Dubai, some 20 workers died when one of the world's
largest dry docks leaked on March 27. The majority of the
3,500 employees are from Asia. The plant was inaugurated in