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Recent Parliamentary Questions regarding the UAE

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Recent Parliamentary Questions regarding the UAE

On 26th October 2017, Alistair Carmichael MP asked the Minister of State for Ministry of Defence,

"How many UK personnel from each of the armed forces are stationed in the United Arab Emirates?"


To which Mark Lancaster replied

"As of 25 October 2017, there were 229 UK military personnel stationed in the United Arab Emirates. This is broken down, by Service, below:

Royal Navy: 50

British Army: 37

Royal Air Force: 145"

On the 30th October 2017, this written parliamentary question, asked by Tom Brake MP, was answered by Alistair Burke, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Brake asked:

"To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the recent detention of the British citizen, Jamil Ahmed Mukadam, in the UAE, what steps his Department is taking to make British citizens aware of the risks and dangers of travelling to the UAE."


To which Burke replied:

"The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes Travel Advice on 225 countries and territories to help British people make better-informed decisions about their foreign travel. No travel can be guaranteed absolutely safe, but our advice is one source of useful information to help people make well-informed decisions – and take responsibility for their choices.

Our travel advice for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) explains that local laws and customs are very different to those in the UK and that there may be serious penalties for doing something which may not be illegal in the UK. Both our Travel Advice and our Embassy's many public awareness raising campaigns cover some of the specific issues which may arise from differences in laws and customs."

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