UAE. The winds of change whipping through the Middle East during the Arab Spring of 2011 never quite made it to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The country’s strong, oil-fuelled economy and robust public spending have acted as a protective shield from the region’s storm of pro-democracy protests.
UAE citizens, who make up less than a fifth of the country’s 8.2 million residents, are among the most privileged in the world. Assisted from birth to death by funds from the nation’s oil wealth, they also have the social advantages that come with living in one of the region’s most