BEWARE OF FAKE INSTITUTES WITH SIMILAR NAMES. blank    blank
banner

Rivalry Between Saudi Arabia and the UAE



  Aug 26, 2023

Saudi-UAE Rivalry


What are the key areas of difference between Saudi Arabia and the UAE?

Ans:Following are the differences
 
Regional Politics: The two nations have shown differing approaches to regional political dynamics. While Saudi Arabia has pursued various geopolitical interventions and alliances, the UAE has exhibited a more independent and pragmatic foreign policy. This has resulted in divergent stances on regional conflicts and issues.
 
Economic Policies: Economic disparities and policy differences have contributed to the divide. Notably, the UAE's rejection of an OPEC+ proposal to cut oil production in 2017 highlighted differing economic interests. Saudi Arabia, as a leading oil producer, has often sought to maintain higher oil prices, whereas the UAE's economic priorities might lead it to take alternative approaches.
 
Yemen Conflict: One of the most significant areas of divergence is their involvement in the Yemen conflict. While both initially participated in the Yemen war as part of the coalition supporting the internationally recognized government, the UAE later withdrew its troops from active combat while continuing to back southern separatists. This differing approach reflects their distinct perspectives on the Yemen crisis.
 
Maritime Expansion: The two nations have taken divergent paths in maritime expansion, especially in the Red Sea and Horn of Africa regions. The UAE's establishment of bases in Eritrea and Somaliland, along with its control of Yemeni ports, showcases its ambitions to secure strategic maritime access. Saudi Arabia's involvement in maritime projects has been less pronounced.
 
Global Ambitions: Saudi Arabia and the UAE have varying visions for their global roles and ambitions. The UAE has been proactive in developing relationships with various global partners, positioning itself as a hub for trade, finance, and tourism. Saudi Arabia, while also pursuing a diversification strategy, is driven by its leadership in the Arab and Islamic world.
 
Approach to Iran and Israel: Their approaches to Iran and Israel differ. Saudi Arabia has sought to engage in dialogue with Iran, as evidenced by its participation in talks in Baghdad. Meanwhile, the UAE established diplomatic relations with Israel, a move that signaled a shift from the Saudi-sponsored Arab Peace Initiative.
 
Logistical Connectivity: Both countries have initiated ambitious projects related to logistical connectivity, particularly under China's Belt and Road Initiative. They compete to emerge as key players in this domain, potentially leading to economic and strategic competition.
 
These differences reflect the evolving priorities, strategic calculations, and regional ambitions of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. While both nations continue to navigate complex geopolitical landscapes, their divergent approaches have contributed to the public divide between them.


Share:
 

Get a call back

Fill the below form to get free counselling for UPSC Civil Services exam preparation

 
UPSC DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS

 
ANTARCTICA: BRUNT ICE SHELF CALVING EVENT
 
Northern Lights: Mysteries & Marvels
 
GIFT SEZ & IFSCA: Gujarat's Global Financial Hub
 
Manual Scavenging in India:Laws and Rulings
 
Global Public Goods
 
SISUPALGARH ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
 
Unlocking Justice: Plea Bargaining in Indian Law
 
PANINI'S SANSKRIT GRAMMAR
 
Statute of Westminster 1931 and India
 
THE MYTH OF TRAILOKYAVIJAYA AND ITS CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE
 
Outer Space Treaty (OST) and India
 
Indian Soldiers Remembered: Heliopolis WW1 Memorial
 
India's Participation in the Artemis Accords
 
Gender Dynamics in Ancient India: Insights from Romila Thapar
 
Social Stock Exchange (SSE)