There are serious indications of a strained relationship between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. These indicators have begun to surface.
In a series of tweets on “Twitter”, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police Dhahi Khalfan said: “Gather hundreds of thousands of fighters, and surround Makkah from all sides, and swear that we will spare it with lives, O Sunnis … so that Iran knows who we are and how we are.”
After this tweet, anger reigned on the Saudi street, as some Saudi activists considered it a diminution of the Kingdom’s ability to protect its borders or the Islamic holy sites in it.
It was not the first time that Khalfan insulted the “Saudi ally”, as he always tweeted phrases that directly target Saudi Arabia, as he did months ago, when he said that whoever fights alongside Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi is fighting alongside treachery and treachery.
On another occasion, Khalfan tweeted a few hours after the release of the CIA report about Khashoggi’s killing, saying: “We expect the Biden administration, as a minimum, to condition Saud al-Qahtani accountable for the return of normal relations with Riyadh, if that criminal apparatus surrounding bin Salman is not dismantled. There will be more victims. ” Saudi activists considered his words an insult to the person of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Here, two very important questions should be asked, the first: What is the context in which this tweet came? And the other: Do these tweets come spontaneously or is it something that is agreed upon between the superior and the subordinate?
Regarding the first question, it came after a large-scale operation carried out by “Ansar Allah” in Marib, as they are targeting the coalition forces, in addition to Hadi’s forces, in an effort to control Marib, which is strategically important, and which will be considered an unparalleled point of strength in the negotiations Future.
Although the Saudi media sought to promote the (fake) Houthi defeats in Marib, the “Ansar Allah” group is moving confidently towards controlling the city, and it is also attacking Saudi targets in parallel with the operation.
As for the question about the spontaneity of these tweets, it must be said that, as mentioned above, they have been repeated many times, and the important thing in this matter is the unrealistic explanations that Khalfan provides to the Saudi people, as he avoids apologizing every time, and that if he indicates something, but rather indicates consensus In the UAE government to proceed with this approach without apologies.
There are serious indications of a strained relationship between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. These indicators have begun to surface. The UAE is the one that gave the green light to Al Arab newspaper to attack the Saudi crown prince and consider the NEOM project as a smart cities project for an unintelligent people. Today it is opening fire on Saudi Arabia through the suburbs of Khalfan, hinting indirectly. Due to its inability to protect the holy sites.
What is understood from this position is the call for the internationalization of the administration of the Holy Places (this requirement, of course, coincides with the Iranian, Turkish, Pakistani and Malaysian demands). This tension is increasing day after day after Mohammed bin Salman decided to stop dealing with foreign companies that do not move their headquarters to Saudi Arabia until 2024. Certainly, this decision targets the UAE, as most of the foreign companies that deal with Saudi Arabia are concentrated there.
Finally, the tensions between Saudi Arabia and the UAE have deep roots that the two countries have tried to hide over the past period. These differences began to appear in the open with the UAE’s decision to withdraw from Yemen completely, and it has since supported the transitional council against the Yemeni government led by Hadi, which is supported by Saudi Arabia.
More recently, it decided to open fire on Saudi Arabia, through repeated tweets by Dhahi Khalfan and some of the Emirati elite. How long will these disagreements last? What is its level? Pending questions that will be answered in the days.