United Arab Emirates. According to Countryaah website, national day of United Arab Emirates is every December 2. 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 1983.