Overview United Arab Emirates

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The ruling elite continues to severely restrict any sort of political involvement and has taken hard steps against opposition elements or those who publicly criticize government policy. Association rights and freedom of expression remain tightly restricted, underpinned by omnipresent security forces and a widespread surveillance system.

The UAE has successfully moved toward a market economy and experienced continued economic growth. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the country’s economy, although the consequences have been minimal, indicating strong financial and market fundamentals.

The UAE struggles to adapt to the volatility in the regional and international arena, and its involvement in regional conflicts continues to draw international criticism. In terms of its health response, the UAE has emerged as a leader in both its testing and vaccinations strategies.

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