The UAE’s support to Saudi Arabia is shown through its solid alliance, for better or worse.
With the martyrdom of Emirati pilots Zayed al-Kaabi and Mohamed al-Hamudi in Yemen, we also remember around 80 other loyal Emirati martyrs who are considered the sons of (the Late and founding father of the country) Zayed’s time, and who perished defending Saudi Arabia’s border and the security of the Gulf. This is an impressive and rare stand between two societies and countries.
All strong alliances face the wicked tongues of those who will be harmed by them. We witnessed this in the alliance formed by Saudi Arabia to liberate Kuwait in 1990, during Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen, and in the recent Islamic military coalition to fight terrorism.
This solidarity attacks the remaining extremists, the left orphans of their groups were banned and discarded and those who remain silent supporters of militias who now are receiving the brunt of legal and military strikes.
The Emirati stand is loyal and noble. Perhaps it is the spontaneity in showing this generosity and sacrifice that in doing so, provokes some ideologues (who used to provide explanations that reflect personal crisis which they want for it, in vain, to be elaborated by political means.)
Last week, people celebrated the fraternal stand between Saudi King Salman and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed - crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the Emirati armed forces - during the North Thunder joint military exercise.
This event showed the depth of the bond and the extended space that brings together, which cannot be desecrated with a hateful tweet and false accusations.
This article was first published by Okaz on Mar. 17, 2016.
Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.