An Arabian Union?

CAN the European Union model of confederation work for the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council states? The answer is in affirmative.

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Published: Tue 11 May 2004, 9:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:37 AM

The European mandarins based in Abu Dhabi have passionately mooted the idea asserting that if the EU model can be successfully emulated anywhere in the world, it is here in the Arabian Gulf region. And why not? The factors like a common language, a common faith, a common culture and common interests that bind the Arab states together can be successfully channelised for a common and better future for their people. By adopting common currency and doing away with economic and geographical barriers, the European Union benefitted tremendously. The EU states have witnessed unprecedented financial stability and prosperity thanks to the union. No wonder other states in Europe are so keen to join the elite club. There are lessons for the AGCC states in the EU example. By opting for a common currency, a common market and allowing greater flexibility of movement for their people and trade, the Arab states will not only attain greater economic and social progress, as a bloc they are sure to wield enormous economic and political clout just as the EU enjoys now. The visionary leadership of the UAE, which brought seven distant emirates together in a powerful bond, could play a key role in realising the goal of the Arabian Union.

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