On 2 December, the United Arab Emirates will mark 49 years since its establishment, with local authorities giving three days off to both private and public sector employees.
In the 49 years since it became an internationally recognised state, the UAE has made a number of important achievements. It’s blossomed into a desert oasis, opened its own nuclear plant, the first of its kind in the Arab world, and launched a national space project, sending its first mission to Mars earlier this year.
But the UAE’s list of achievements doesn’t stop there. In October of this year, the country was named the tenth safest in the world, according to Gallup’s Global Law and Order Report.
Acts of terrorism have taken place in the UAE, but this phenomenon was mainly witnessed in the 1970s and 1980s. The last such incident happened in 2014, with the murder of a Hungarian-American kindergarten teacher by a Muslim extremist.
Holistic Approach to Eradicate Terror
Over the years, Abu Dhabi has taken multiple measures to eradicate this phenomenon, and Dirar Belhoul Al Felasi, the UAE’s minister of state and the head of the Asian committee within the country’s parliament, says the success of the nation in combating terrorism can be attributed to a number of factors.
In 2014, it was reported that Abu Dhabi planned to double its investment in security pouring in more than $10 billion by 2024, as opposed to the $5.5 billion it had earlier invested.
The country has also adopted a…