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Title: NEW UAE-OMANI BORDER FENCE AIMED AT STOPPING ILLEGAL

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07DUBAI2822007-04-26 08:33:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Consulate Dubai
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E.O. 12958: DECL:  4/19/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PINS PBTS MU AE
SUBJECT: NEW UAE-OMANI BORDER FENCE AIMED AT STOPPING ILLEGAL 
IMMIGRATION 
 
REF: A.  DUBAI 00281, B. 06 DUBAI 03054 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: Paul R Sutphin, Consul General, Dubai, UAE. 
REASON: 1.4 (b), (d) 
 
 
 
¶1. (SBU) Poleconoffs met with Fahem Abdullah al-Habsi, the 
Customs Center Manager at Saqr Port in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) on 
March 28. During the course of discussions about Saqr Port 
(reftel A) al-Habsi commented on the UAE-Oman border on the 
Musandam Peninsula and illegal immigrants. 
 
2.(C) According to al-Habsi the UAE is nearing completion of a 
new fence and checkpoints along the entire UAE-Oman border. 
Al-Habsi believes the purpose of the fence is to stop illegal 
immigration from Oman to the UAE; however, he claimed to have 
little information on the project since it is not a customs 
issue. 
 
3.(C) Al-Habsi said that when the residents of the mountains 
(reftel B) noticed strangers, they would detain them and call 
the police. When illegal immigrants are turned over to the RAK 
police, the RAK government gives them a reward. He added that 
illegal immigrants are detained a few times a month and that 
most of them were Pakistani, Baluchi, or Iranian. 
 
4.(C) Al Habsi mentioned that the UAE border post at al-Jeer, 
only a few miles north of Saqr Port, has been completed and is 
fully operational. 
 
5.(U) Comment: Since 2005 the UAEG has been erecting fences 
along its borders with Saudi Arabia and Oman. Poleconoffs have 
observed that the fence along the borders of the UAE and Oman is 
almost complete, except for a few sections, which are still 
being completed. Recently, while in the Omani enclave of Mahda, 
poleconoff met a survey team that was delineating the border in 
this remote mountainous region. 
 
SUTPHIN