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  1. Introduction
  2. The Association Agreement: A bilateral reference to Euro-Moroccan cooperation
    1. The normative foundation of the Association Agreement
    2. The Association Agreement of 1996: Towards a comprehensive approach to Euro-Moroccan cooperation
  3. The Barcelona Declaration: A regional reference to Euro-Moroccan cooperation in human development
    1. The context of the Barcelona Declaration
    2. The contents of the declaration and its contribution to human development
  4. The mechanisms of the Euro-Moroccan cooperation in human development
    1. The institutional mechanisms
    2. Funding mechanisms

The departure of the British and the creation of the UAE in 1971 created a new situation in the Gulf where Iran would be placed as a political and economic partner of choice. The economic role of the Emirates had not worked out the territorial disputes with the powerful neighbor and political changes in regional and global developments since then.

The Emirate of Dubai has nurtured an ambitious policy towards Iran personally which in turn developed close ties with the Emirate. It consists of 4 million people who are mostly foreigners (85%) and 10% of Iranians control more than 8000 companies in Dubai.

Today, Dubai is the fourth partner of Iran and Iran is the gateway to the Gulf and the world. One can thus ask as to how it allows the Iranian regime to maintain it. Does the Iranian regime's ambiguous relationship with Dubai threaten the internal stability of both countries and the region? In this sense, Dubai is seen as the economic gateway to Iran that cannot yet overcome the economic and political considerations to this adverse international regional power.

Since the establishment of the UAE, Iran has had a close relationship with Dubai. The Iranians were the first to recognize the United Arab Emirates and in 1972 a UAE ambassador was sent to Tehran. Even if at that time the relations were not at the warmest, the two countries quickly sought cooperation in technical fields such as health and education. In 1975, the first state visit of Sheikh Yazid, the Commander of the UAE, was made to Iran and Mohammed Reza Shah.

But the relationship between Iran and the UAE is mainly that of Dubai and Sheikh Amir Rashid, a friend of the Shah. Indeed, this personal relationship has been shown on many occasions: not a single Iranian minister has visited Abu Dhabi without going through Dubai in the first place.

Tags: Dubai; Iran; relations between the two; Dubai economic getaway to Iran; international regional power;

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