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What’s behind the dispute between Saudi Arabia and the UAE?

The UAE has rejected a Saudi-led deal at a meeting of OPEC+, the latest sign of friction between the Gulf neighbours.

A recent dispute at an OPEC+ meeting has exposed the growing strains between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The Emirati government rejected a Saudi-led deal to raise production beyond the cap set for early next year.

The UAE blocked the agreement calling it “unfair” and demanding an increase in its own production.

The two Gulf countries have differed on a number of issues in recent months.

So what effect will this friction have on the region?

Presenter: Dareen Abughaida


Abdulaziz Alghashian – Researcher and a fellow of The Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation Project

Andreas Krieg – Assistant professor at King’s College London and co-author of Surrogate Warfare: The Transformation of War in the Twenty-First Century

Bader al-Saif – Non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center