Strength in num­bers

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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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