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List of islands off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

List of islands, natural, man-made, artificial, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of the territory of the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, RAK, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, UAQ. The UAE has a number of natural islands, most of them off the coast of Abu Dhabi, and belonging to the emirate of Abu Dhabi, but there are a handful of others, and then there are the artificial islands being constructed (or not in some cases - just ideas on a drawing board somewhere).

Abu Dhabi islands

List of Abu Dhabi islands - more information.

Ajman islands
Dubai islands

List of Dubai islands - more information. Some of the larger artificial island projects include:

Fujairah islands
Ras Al Khaimah islands
UAE islands occupied by Iran

Timeline - Iran occupied islands of Abu Mousa and the Greater and Lesser Tumb (WAM report 14 April 2012)

1970: Iran lays claim to the islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa.

November, 1971: Iran occupies the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Mousa from UAE. The UAE is calling for a peaceful resolution or the use of international arbitration to resolve the issue.

14/04/1980: Palestinian leader, Khalid Al Hassan, defended Arab claims for the return of three tiny Iranian-occupied islands, Abu Mousa and the Greater and Lesser Tumb, to Arab rule.

12/01/1981: Bahrain and Qatar support the UAE's demand for the return of three Iran-occupied Gulf islands, 28/03/1982: His Highness Shaikh Saqr bin Mohammed al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras al Khaimah said, UAE will hot bargain or change its stand regarding the three islands occupied by Iran.

24/08/1992: More than 100 teachers and their families from the UAE were stranded in the Gulf waters after they were denied entry to Abu Mousa Island by the Iranian authorities.

09/09/1992: GCC condems Iranian occupation of the UAE islands - Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb and Abu Mousa.

27/09/1992: Delegations from the UAE and the Islamic Republic of Iran ended their first round of negotiations on their dispute over the islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs in Abu Dhabi.

23/11/1993: Arab Gulf countries reiterated their support for UAE's sovereignty over the islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunb, they fully backed all peaceful measures taken by the UAE.

27/03/1994: The Arab League ministerial council ended its session in Cairo, by supporting UAE's efforts to restore its legitimate rights and sovereignty over the three islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs occupied by Iran.

29/09/1994 : The launch of an air link between the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and Abu Mousa by the Iranian authorities is considered as violation of UAE's sovereignty over the island.

30/09/1994: Iran sets up desalination plant on the UAE island of Abu Mousa.

06/12/1994: GCC ministers reviewed at the meeting in Manama a working paper submitted by the UAE on Iran's occupation of the islands of Abu Mousa and Lesser and Greater Tunbs, to solve the dispute peacefully by referring the issue to international arbitration.

06/01/1995 : Iran inaugurated a court house on the UAE island of Abu Mousa. The UAE reiterated that it would take the dispute to the International Court of Justice.

09/03/1995: Britain declared his country's support to UAE's decision to take the issue of its three islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs occupied by Iran to the International Court of Justice.

January, 1996: Media reported that, Iran was building an airport and a harbour on the island of Abu Mousa.

20/05/1996: Arab League blast Iran to build a port on one of the three UAE islands.

19/09/1996 : The UAE's FNC delegation rejected Iran's claims over the three islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, at the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference in Beijing.

23/11/1996 : UAE said, Iran is stockpiling offensive weapons on the three occupied islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs posing a threat to the UAE and GCC states.

September, 1997: The UAE protest against Iranian naval exercise on the occupied island of Abu Mousa and reiterated its sovereignty over the island.

December, 2000 : President His Highness Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan calls on Iran to end its occupation of the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa through peaceful measures.

26/02/2001: The 38th Arab Parliamentary Union gave their full support to the UAE's sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa, rejecting Iran's occupation of the islands.

13/03/2001: The Arab League council held 115th session in Cairo and has called on the Iranian government to end its occupation of the three UAE islands of Abu Mousa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and halt its policy of fait accompli.

20/03/2001: The UAE delivered a strongly-worded protest to Iran over a visit by an Iranian parliamentary delegation to the three UAE islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa occupied by Iran.

26/03/2011: The Arab Summit held in Amman, drafted a resolution denounces the Iranian occupation of the three UAE islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs as a violation of UAE's. The draft resolution also condemns the building of settlements to accommodate Iranian population in these three Arab islands which belong to UAE.

23/04/2001: The GCC-EU Joint Ministerial Council noted with concern the lack of progress in efforts to resolve the territorial conflict between the UAE and Iran over the three UAE islands of Abu Mousa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs, which are occupied by Iran.

06/06/2001: The UAE called upon the international community at an extraordinary meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Second Human Settlements Conference, Habitat II, to urge Iran to end its occupation of the three UAE islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa through a peaceful dialogue or by referring of the issue to the International Court of Justice.

27/09/2001: The Executive Committee of the second session of the Islamic Parliamentary Union (IPU) held in Rabat, appointed a four member committee to narrow differences between the UAE and Iran over the best way to start direct bilateral negotiations over the three UAE islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa occupied by Iran.

29/11/2001: The Federal National Council, FNC, has issued a statement renewing the UAE's peaceful call to Iran to end its occupation of the three UAE islands of Abu Mousa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs reiterating that the three islands, which are being occupied by the Islamic republic, belong to the people of the United Arab Emirates.

December 1992 (Abu Dhabi): Abu Dhabi Declaration: emphasis on the sovereignty of the UAE over the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa, and support for efforts to develop the defence and security capabilities of the member states 10/03/2002: The 22-member Arab League yesterday called on Iran to revise its stand rejecting a "peaceful settlement" of its territorial dispute over three UAE islands of Abu Mousa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

25/04/2006: The UAE authorities advised people to stay away from the occupied island of Abu Mousa and the surrounding waters till territorial issues with Iran are settled. A French resident of Sharjah has been detained in Iran since November 2005 after getting caught fishing off the island of Abu Mousa.

26/06/2007: Iran has arrested the crews of three Emirati boats it has seized. "Three boats were seized by the coast guards 17 [nautical] miles from Abu Mousa towards Bandar Lengeh.

29/09/2007: The UAE urged Iran to show goodwill to solve the issue of occupation of the UAE islands amicably. No progress has so far been made on the settlement of the issue of the Iranian occupation of the three UAE islands, UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan told the 62nd session of the UN general assembly 30/03/2008: The Arab Summit wound up in Damascus with a renewed call to Iran to end its occupation of the UAE islands of Abu Mousa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

08/10/2008: The Arab League's Council of Foreign Ministers has condemned the continued Iranian occupation of UAE's three islands, Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa.

04/03/2010: The Arab League council threw its weight behind the UAE's sovereignty over its three islands Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa and its peaceful measures and means to restore its occupied islands.

20/04/2010: The occupied islands of Abu Mousa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs will sooner or later return to the UAE, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister told the Federal National Council (FNC).

10/05/2010: Turkey is willing to act as an intermediary in talks between the UAE and Iran over the issue of the occupied UAE islands of Abu Mousa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb, according to Bahaeddine Jabaji, adviser to the President of Turkey.

29/09/2010: The UAE again demanded the return of its three islands: The Greater Tunb, The Lesser Tunb and Abu Mousa, occupied by Iran at the General Debate of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

07/12/2010: The GCC leaders reiterated their unwavering stand towards the UAE's sovereignty over its three islands -Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa, which were occupied by Iran.

11/04/2012: The UAE condemned the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to occupied islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa.

Sharjah islands
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