United Arab Emirates. According to
countryaah, Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash
announced in June that the country would end its active
efforts in the war in Yemen and that the war was "in effect"
over. According to Gargash, the Saudi-led effort had reached
its goal, which was to start the political process. The
United Arab Emirates had been Saudi Arabia's most active
partner in the war.
The government decided that employers with at least 50
employees as of December must offer free housing to
employees with a salary below $ 540 a month. The decision
mainly concerned migrant workers from Asia; the emirate
citizens made up just over a tenth of the population.
One of Emirates airline crashed in August at Dubai
airport with 300 people on board. A firefighter was killed
in the extinguishing work, but the others involved managed.
The airport, which is the world's largest in terms of
international passengers, was closed for several hours.
At the beginning of the year, four emirates were
sentenced to death in their absence for joining the Islamic
State (IS) terrorist sect in Syria. Not long afterwards,
eleven people were sentenced to life imprisonment on charges
that they planned to proclaim a caliphate. In October, seven
people were sentenced to between ten years and life in
prison after being accused of forming a cell with links to
the Hizbullah movement in Lebanon. The Arab League and the
Gulf Gulf Arab Cooperation Council GCC had in March labeled
Hizbullah a terrorist movement because of its support for
the regime in Syria.