The US is trying to secure a bilateral free trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates as part of its drive to patch together an overall US-Middle East FTA by 2013.

Talks started in 2005, after the signature of a US-UAE Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in 2004, and were supposed to wrap up in 2006. However, the Dubai Ports World scandal that erupted in the US in 2006 put all this on ice and the process has not recovered since.

last update: May 2012


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  • 30-Apr-2008 Sheikha Lubna hopes to sign FTA with US soon
    Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna Al Qassimi said on Tuesday that she hoped the UAE would soon sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.
  • 20-Apr-2008 Arabian Business Tecom land dispute risks damaging US FTA
    A $1 billion lawsuit between Tecom Investments and a US company could hinder free trade talks between the US and the UAE, a US Congressional document shows.
  • 20-Apr-2008 Emirates Business 24/7 Emirates persists on US trade agreement
    The UAE has taken a second route to an FTA with the US after failing to meet the time frame originally established by the Trade Promotion Authority granted by Congress: the Tifa-Plus (Trade and Investment Framework Agreement) process, which provides a framework for further discussions on the FTA and on short-term issues.
  • 24-Dec-2007 Business 24/7 US puts UAE free trade deal on ice
    Negotiations for a free trade agreement between the US and the UAE will not be resumed under the current US administration, according to the US Trade Representative office
  • 31-Oct-2007 Zawya Free Trade Agreement with the US likely to be delayed further
    A top United States official on a two-day visit to the UAE has indicated the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries is likely to be delayed further.
  • 1-Jul-2007 Khaleej Times Blow to UAE-US FTA hopes
    The June 30 expiration of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which allowed the Bush administration to negotiate trade agreements that cannot be amended by Congress, has shattered all hopes of a revival of the stalled US free trade negotiations with the UAE and other GCC countries.
  • 12-Mar-2007 US, UAE say still hope to reach free trade deal
    The United States and the United Arab Emirates still hope to reach a free trade agreement and plan to resume talks whenever the White House wins new "fast-track" trade negotiating authority, officials from both countries said on Monday.
  • 10-Mar-2007 Gulf Daily News US says FTA with UAE off for now
    US trade officials said yesterday they would not finish free trade talks with the UAE by a deadline at the end of this month. Investment is one issue that negotiators have failed to find agreement on.
  • 21-Feb-2007 Gulf News Envoy says FTA talks to continue
    The UAE and the United States have confirmed that the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will continue, officials said. "The talks are not suspended. What happened is that the documentation will not be ready by the March 31 deadline," US Ambassador Michele J. Sison told Gulf News yesterday.
  • 19-Feb-2007 AME Info US-UAE FTA on ice
    Talks between the US and the UAE over a free trade agreement have been suspended after both parties failed to agree on how the Gulf state would open up its markets to US investors and banks. The FTA will now miss the March 31 deadline.
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