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A rising UAE flexes its muscles in ties with Britain

Mid-East state signalling to UK it is no longer junior partner: Analysts

A saga involving an alleged British spy arrested in the United Arab Emirates is threatening to derail a decades-long friendship between the Middle Eastern country and the United Kingdom.

And the diplomatic tiff is coming at a particularly sensitive time for the UK, which will need its friends as it inches closer to Brexit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 10, 2018, with the headline 'A rising UAE flexes its muscles in ties with Britain'. Print Edition | Subscribe