Every emirate has an ongoing border dispute either with one of the other emirates or Oman. The only time the rivalries became violent was in 1987 when Abu Dhabi and Dubai backed rival candidates to become ruler in Sharjah after Abdul-Aziz al Qasimi attempted to overthrow his nephew's government there.
Dubai is maintaining its own military command and refused to integrate its armed forces in the UAE's military.
Zayed has been able to convince Dubai's ruling family to hold key UAE cabinet positions, such as those of defense and finance. He has also allowed Dubai to have veto power over all federal legislation.
history and loyalties to individual rulers remain
important factors in the UAE's politics. Those rulers
still hold the most power in UAE society and will probably
do so for many years to come.
visit the following links for
UAE Disputes ;
National Disputes ; Claims
Three Islands ;
Musa Island ;
& Lesser Tumb ;
The History of Islands
Updated: Jan. 01, 2005