The Dubai Ports World Controversy
Hi, Sunil here to talk about the Dubai Ports World debate back in 2006
This quick read is good even if you just want to get a feel for the United Statess relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Well the P&O operated ports in the United States in major cities like New York, New Jersey, Baltimore and Miami amongst few others. The deal was initially approved but US lawmakers objected with it after further review.
Many US lawmakers felt that this was going to breach the US port security. The mindset was definitely influenced by the September 11 attacks in the US, during which 2 of the hijackers were UAE Nationals (Citizens). You can see why the US had a problem with this deal.
Debates got pretty heated in the US and finally the Dubai Ports World officials said that it would voluntarily sell its American ports operations to a US Company. DPS sold the American operations to American International Group.
Several ships docked at the DPS
But in either case, I dont think either country would do something so drastic to affect the strong relations between the two. Like Ive said before, Dubai is very pro America and Americans are quite accommodating to Dubai residents as well. The US uses many of Dubais facilities and considers it one of its good allies.
This discussion may be of particular interest to you if you are interested in doing a trading business in Dubai. You will have to dig more into the ports and how they operate.
If you are interested in learning more about the DPS, visit their Main Website.
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