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.