Fujayra–Sharjah Conflict

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Clash over land ownership in the United Arab Emirates (1972).

A few months after establishment of the United Arab Emirates, these two members of the federation clashed over ownership of a tiny parcel of land with a well that had traditionally been used by tribes-men from both. Some twenty lives were lost before federal intervention ended the conflict. The incident underscored the disruptive potential of numerous unresolved border disputes, and the federal government's response reflected its determination to keep them in check.

See also United Arab Emirates.


Anthony, John Duke. Arab States of the Lower Gulf: People, Politics, Petroleum. Washington, DC: Middle East Institute, 1975.

Malcolm C. Peck