"The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a leadership transition now complete, undertook its first major electoral process in December 2006, although with a small, hand-picked electorate and for a body with limited powers. The UAE's open economy and society has won praise but has contributed to proliferation, terrorist transiting, and human trafficking, particularly in the emirate of Dubai. Since March 2005, the United States and UAE have been negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA), although talks are making only slow progress. This report will be updated. See also CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL31533, 'The Persian Gulf States, Post-War Issues for U.S. Policy, 2006', by Kenneth Katzman."
CRS Report for Congress, RS21852