DUBAI Nov 9 The ties between Abu Dhabi and
Dubai should not be questioned, Dubai's ruler said on Monday,
saying the two wealthy emirates were one "family."
Abu Dhabi is the biggest and richest in the seven-member
United Arab Emirates federation, and the main contributor to the
federal budget. Wide speculation that Abu Dhabi would be obliged
to support Dubai through the global crisis -- either through the
federal stimulus programmes or secret, bilateral deals -- led to
talk of increasingly strained relations between the two.
"There is no Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we are one," Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said at an investment meeting.
"Who doesn't understand this should do their homework before
they start talking," he said.
"We will be there for each other when we need it."
"And I want to tell those people who nag about Dubai and Abu
Dhabi to shut up.
(Reporting by John Irish and Rania Oteify; Writing by Amran
Abocar, Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)