Middle East

Oman says running out of patience with UAE violations


More tensions emerge among the already divided Persian Gulf countries as Oman warns the United Arab Emirates against continued “theft” of its intellectual property and national heritage.

“Neighbors should realize that the Omani nation has run out of patience,” Deputy Chairman of the Public Authority for Craft Industries of Oman Isam bin Ali al Rawas has said.

In an interview with local al-Wisal radio station, he warned that Oman’s ruler Sultan Qaboos was in possession of damning documents against the UAE, which he would reveal if he  decided to do so.

Tension has been simmering since 2011 when Oman disbanded an Emirati spy cell targeting Sultan Qaboos. Oman was further incensed after the UAE unveiled its map which included Oman’s Musandam Province at the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi last November.

The last straw came recently after a UAE series portrayed an Omani historical figure as an Emirati icon.

Muscat, which has tried to avoid being dragged into a Saudi-led rift with Qatar, is opposed to the UAE participation in the war against Yemen.

Just recently, Oman decided to ban the operations of an Emirati bank in the sultanate.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE are accused of plotting to monopolize power in the Persian Gulf region through aggressive policies against their neighbors.

On Wednesday, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi unveiled a raft of economic deals, signing 20 memorandums of understanding for over 60 joint projects, including in the oil and gas, banking, nuclear energy, and defense.

The deals, approved at a meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, did not involve the four other Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members — Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, and non-member Egypt imposed an all-out blockade against Qatar last year, accusing it of supporting terrorism. Doha has strongly denied the allegation.

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