Persian Gulf: Desert Merger

Brotherhood may not be in sight between Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis. But at least a troubled world can take comfort from the fact that Abu Dhabi and Dubai are getting together.

The two oil-rich sheikdoms, whose names together have a wonderfully soothing, almost hypnotic rhythm, are part of the seven tiny Trucial* States perched on the Persian Gulf. They make up for their smallness by king-size feuds over their indefinite boundaries. There has been no end of dagger duels between the inhabitants of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, but last week delegations from both met in a...

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