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Yearbook 2007

United Arab Emirates. In November, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch criticized the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon for their treatment of female migrant workers from Sri Lanka. According to CountryAAH, the women, who work as maids, are often locked up, beaten and subjected to sexual abuse. Their working hours are rarely regulated and their pay can be equivalent to one or two kronor per hour. Anwar Gargash, representative of the United Arab Emirates government, dismissed the criticism, saying that the United Arab Emirates has improved the working conditions of the maids.

2007 United Arab Emirates

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi and France agreed in March that Abu Dhabi would build a branch for the French Art Museum Louvre. Just for the right to use the name "Louvre Abu Dhabi", the emirate paid the equivalent of SEK 3.7 billion. The branch is scheduled to open in 2012.

In June, the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement with US aircraft manufacturer Boeing to open an aviation industrial research and development center in Abu Dhabi. It is reported that the United Arab Emirates would invest at least SEK 32 billion in the project.

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