Timeframe: Unwavering lines of friendship between the UAE and Oman

Nineteen years ago this month, Sheikh Zayed and Sultan Qaboos met in Oman to sign the accord demarcating the border between their countries

Omani Sultan Qaboos (R) walks with Emirati President Sheikh Zayed ibn Sultan al-Nahayan in Sohar 01 May 1999. The two leaders signed an accord laying out the demarcation of part of their common border, which in the past has led to conflicts over property ownership between nationals of the two countries.  / AFP PHOTO / WAM

In a region where the terrain can make it difficult to differentiate borders, the UAE and Oman drew the lines 19 years ago at a meeting between UAE Founding President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said Al Said, in Sohar, Oman.

The leaders, pictured, agreed on points from Umm Al Zumool – where the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia meet in the Empty Quarter – to East Eqaidat in the north. Their predecessors Sheikh Shakhbout bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Said bin Taimur also agreed upon the lines in 1959 and 1960, but on May 1, 1999, this meeting made them official. On May 24, 2005, the demarcation was then formalised in Muscat.

In the past, landowners had faced discrepancies but relations between the UAE and Oman were positive, as is proven by this accord and the willingness to solve issues together.

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