US embassy in Abu Dhabi warns its nationals of terror threat

June 17th, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, June 17 (DPA) The US embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) warned its nationals Tuesday of potential terror threats in the region ahead of the July 4 celebrations. A statement posted on the website of the US embassy in Abu Dhabi said US nationals should be aware that “potential exists for terrorists to plan and carry out violent actions in the region, including the UAE.”

“Americans should maintain a high level of personal security awareness at all times, particularly in public places,” the statement added.

The UAE comprises seven emirates, including the flourishing emirate of Dubai with an expanding tourism industry, luxury shopping malls and fancy theme parks. The country has the world’s fifth largest oil reserves.

The Gulf country, which is a magnet for foreign investment, regularly hosts visits by US navy ships.

It has recently announced it would send an ambassador to Iraq. This move is drawing criticism of those who believe that Iraq is under foreign occupation and sending an envoy there is a tacit recognition and acceptance of US-led occupation of the Arab country.

Unlike neighbouring Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, UAE has not been the scene of any terrorist incidents. More than 80 percent of the 5.6 million population are foreigners, many of whom are construction workers from south Asia.

Westerners, drawn to the country’s booming economy and liberal lifestyle, are part of an expanding expatriate community in the Emirates.

British embassy in Abu Dhabi has also issued a similar warning for its citizens.

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