Strength in numbers
The GCC is going through a moment of tension. But the group has come through much worse.
In this photograph from May 1981, Sheikh Zayed, the late President of the UAE, greets the King of Saudi Arabia, Khalid bin Abdulaziz, as he arrives in Abu Dhabi for the creation of the GCC. In the background we can make out the livery of the Kingdom’s national carrier, Saudia.
After a welcome speech by Sheikh Zayed and a prayer from the Quran, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman formally established the GCC to strengthen ties.
At this time the Iran-Iraq War was raging and the GCC would not only come through that conflict stronger but also the 1991 Gulf War, the 2003 Iraq War and the financial crisis of 2008, to name a few.
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