On the other hand, there are those who posit that the profitability, sustainability, growth and expansion of the UAE is also affected by other external factors such was the interests of the surrounding nations and the interests of the same. This group points at Iran being perceived as an enemy of the UAE, as a factor that has hindered and derailed the UAE from realising her dreams, aims goals and interests. This is because, Iran is a neighbour to the UAE member states, and as such geographically stands in the way of the transfer of resources in a transborder sense.
UAE Policies to do with Export Subsidies. According to Khan and Pal (2006, 293), although the UAE remains a non member entity to the GATT, yet the politics and laws of the UAE does not take to provide either direct or indirect export support by issuing subsidies. Literature Gap. Still, it is held by some that there are other internal factors and policies that prevail upon the UAE that are detrimental to the goals of the UAE.
This group points at the hereditary form of leadership that has always been pointed out by leaders in the corporate and business sector as one of the most questionable form of business and corporate management. This type of leadership is almost always associated by those with reputable political acumen and pundits in the corporate and scholarly domains as being responsible for failure to institute accountability and transparency.
This party argues that the loss that this form of leadership delivers is two fold, given that apart from this accusation, the practice is seen to be instrumental in deterring the UAE from realising an ideal form of leadership. This is because, the practice goes against the observation of meritocracy, a form of leadership that is based on the merits that a potential leader may be in possession of at the time of his or her candidature.
Omeje (2008, 99) holds that this conventional type of leadership observation is seen to be very instrumental in depriving the UAE of sound leadership and feasible, informed and viable policies since most of the policies and their subsequent ratification depend on the whits and skills that the leader or the board of directors possess. At the same time, this hereditary form of leadership is highly blamed for the failure of other corporate and business entities, given the fact that it is almost always seen to be very helpful to deprive the UAE or any other corporate entity for this matter of plurality in thoughts, leadership styles or views.
This is because, there is no way in which the incumbent leader may want to unsettle the status quo that his or her forefathers left. This is more so the case if the corporate or business entity has been or is marred with corruption or financial scandals. It is because of this situation that the hereditary form of leadership has been seen to be highly concomitant with high handedness, ineptitude, inefficiency, one man syndrome and lack of transparency.
It is not to be assumed that there is a way in which the UAE has a special insulation against these malpractices, so long as it deems the hereditary form of leadership as the way to go. That the UAE practices hereditary form of leadership is a fact that cannot be gainsaid, given the fact that after that Sheikh Zaid al Nahayan as the ruler of Abu Dhabi and the president of the UAE passed away, his son and heir apparent, by the name of Sheikh Khalifa Al Nahayan in 1994 immediately succeeded him.
Worse still, the UAE can be said to be headed towards a primrose path in its quest for realising its interests, given the fact that it is and has always been seen to become a group that is seen to be more tribally organised. To this effect, the UAE is ever than before, getting under the control of the “sheikhdoms” that are highly organised. These sheikhdoms normally comprise clans that are congregated and ruled by a (highly) centralised body. These sheikhdoms are at most times, situated along the Persian Gulf’s southern coast.
At the moment, the situation cannot be said to have become any better, even after the feuds that took place were seen to have come to an end after centuries of fighting over the control and ownership of the Persian harbours that were thought to be instrumental in creating huge profits. This sense of pessimism is seen to hold some elements of credibility, given the fact that this tribal affiliations and control that are in control over the UAE and the Middle East are always thought as being responsible for the terrorist activities that take place in the Middle East and the entire part of the Far East, if not in the entire world.