Publication details for Dr Christopher DavidsonDavidson, Christopher M. (2007). 'The Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai: Contrasting Roles in the International System'. Asian Affairs 38(1): 33-48.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
- ISSN/ISBN: 0306-8374, 1477-1500
- DOI: 10.1080/03068370601108624
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- Durham research online: DRO record
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This paper reveals the divergent development paths of the two principal members of the United Arab Emirates. In particular I show how differing historical experiences combined with external events and a vast disparity in oil wealth have led to distinct macroeconomic strategies within an extremely flexible federal state. Oil-rich Abu Dhabi continues to rely on overseas investments and heavy industries, while Dubai has been forced to diversify and to court much greater levels of foreign direct investment. Finally, it is suggested that the strategies associated with this latter path, if unchecked, may not only weaken Dubai’s particular brand of the ruling bargain, but will also significantly increase the internal security threat.