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UAE says it opposed Canada's Security Council bid

By BRIAN MURPHY (AP) – 12 hours ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
— The United Arab Emirates lobbied against Canada's bid for a U.N. Security Council seat in the latest blow to relations that soured after disputes over airline routes, a UAE official said Thursday.

The Gulf country's opposition followed harsh complaints about Canada's refusal to open more flights for the fast-growing carriers Emirates and Etihad. The government in Abu Dhabi is also forcing Canada to leave a military base that is used to supply Canadian forces in Afghanistan.

Earlier this week, Canada pulled out of the race for one of the non-permanent Security Council seats after falling behind rivals in the first rounds of voting. The defeat was seen as a significant setback for a G-7 economic power.

The UAE official said the opposition was based on Canada's "protectionist" trade policies and perceptions that Ottawa is weak on supporting Arab causes in the region, including efforts to ease the Israeli restrictions on Palestinians in Gaza.

It's unclear how much the UAE could have swayed U.N. sentiments against Canada, but the country carries influence beyond its small size because of extensive international business ties.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of standing government rules on behind-the-scenes briefings.

The UAE has pushed hard to expand nonstop flights to Canada to serve major Indian and Pakistani markets, which have significant family and business ties to North America. Dubai-based Emirates and Etihad in Abu Dhabi each run three flights a week to Canada and are aggressively seeking to expand long-haul flights.

But Air Canada argues there is no need for more flights from the UAE and says it can handle the south Asian traffic through alliances with European airlines.

On Monday, the failure to hammer out an airline deal also apparently unraveled a key military pact.

The UAE said it would not extend an agreement for Canada to use a military base as a logistics and supply point for its 2,900 troops in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

The military facility, known as Camp Mirage, is widely believed to be located at al-Minhad Air Base outside Dubai, although neither the Emirates nor Canada have definitively acknowledged the location of any military site to aid forces in Afghanistan.

Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said he was looking into "other hubs in the region" to support the forces in Afghanistan. Canada has said its mission in Afghanistan will end next year.

At the United Nations, Canada withdrew its bid for a Security Council seat on Tuesday after falling behind rivals Germany and Portugal for two Western bloc seats.

Ten of the Security Council's 15 seats are filled by regional groups for two-year stretches. The other five seats are occupied by the council's veto-wielding permanent members: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Of course there's always this: :D

From Bloomberg:

Dubai's Worst Office Buildings Will Be Empty Forever, CBRE Says

By Zainab Fattah - Oct 13, 2010

Some Dubai office buildings are so ill-conceived and poorly located that they will never be occupied, while others may command no more than the cost of maintenance, according to CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. “Some buildings will be permanently vacant and will never be let because they are wrongly located, they are of poor quality or have the wrong legal structure in place,” Nicholas Maclean, Middle East managing director for the U.S. property broker said in an interview.

Speculation fueled Dubai’s property market after foreigners were allowed to buy real estate in parts of the emirate in 2002. Buyers with no experience in property management flocked to purchase floors in planned office buildings before any work started, resulting in poorly finished office towers in inconvenient locations with multiple owners, Maclean said.

Such places have to compete for tenants in a Dubai market with an overall vacancy rate of 40 percent, with newly developed areas on the outskirts hit the hardest. At least 20 million square feet (1.85 million square meters) of space, about 40 percent of Dubai’s existing office supply, will be added in the next four years, CBRE estimates. That will put further pressure on prices that slumped by 60 percent on average since the peak in mid-2008. “The further you are away from Sheikh Zayed Road, the less desirable the location and therefore the quicker rents fall,” Maclean said, referring to the main business thoroughfare near Dubai’s coast. “Why would you go there when you can get accommodation for a relatively low price closer to town?”


Landlords are providing incentives such as rent-free periods of as much as 12 months on seven-year leases and fitting-out allowances to attract tenants, Jones Lang LaSalle said in a report earlier this month. “While increasing incentives may make one specific building more attractive than another, there are still projects for which it is difficult to attract tenants at any price,” Jones Lang said. Some properties should be demolished or converted to other uses to reduce excess supply, it said in a September report.

Dubai had 2.6 million square meters of offices under construction as of June, the third most in the world after Shanghai and Moscow, Colliers International said in a report earlier this month.

Ten Owners

Most of the new commercial buildings will be completed in the next two years, mainly in areas that have already seen rapid construction, such as Business Bay and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Most are held by numerous landlords in an arrangement known as strata title where a building is legally divided horizontally or vertically into separately owned properties. Companies generally prefer negotiating with a single owner, Dubai-based MacLean said. “If you’ve got a ten-story building and ten owners and you want to take the whole building, you have to deal with ten separate owners on one lease,” he said. “It’s impossible.”

Offices in Dubai International Financial Centre, a tax free area near the main business district, are commanding the best rents in Dubai, along with those in Emaar Square and on Sheikh Zayed Road. Rent per square-foot in DIFC is 350 dirhams ($95), while Emaar Square offices near the 200-story Burj Khalifa are priced at about 200 dirhams a square foot. When they do bring in tenants, offices on the periphery of Dubai are achieving rents as low as 40 dirhams, Maclean said. “That is good for Dubai because two years ago you had to pay a significant rent for Silicon Oasis,” he said referring to a development that’s a 25-minute drive inland from Sheikh Zayed Road. “Now we’ve got a market that is functioning properly.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Zainab Fattah in Dubai on [email protected]

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Pure stupidity...since when did the UN become a junior high playground?
Um, it's always been one. Ever notice how easily Israel is called out for its human rights abuses (whether deserved or not) while other nations with even more blatant records seem to get a free pass?

It's close to one of the most ineffective organizations on the planet. And nothing would change if it were to disappear tomorrow (good or bad).

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UAE is like a little spoiled brat! It feels so hurt that we did not let any of their flights in so now it is going around to make itself look touch. :lol:

I think we should send UAE planes of roses.
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