United Arab Emirates: Falling Gulf Air

This is the story of an airline that could and should have been the united pride of the Arab world. Secret Dubai comments on Abu Dhabi decision to quit Gulf Air and quotes Western diplomat who said that, “National airlines and national pride are still more important to the Gulf states than anything else. The GCC operates more in name than anything else.” In an ideal world, the six GCC states would sink their money and energy into greater cooperation and coordination – not just of their airlines, but also of aviation services of all kinds.

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