Lacalle’s sudden craze for Dubai

by Linng Cardozo

The huge building was fully illuminated. And from there emerged the beams of light which formed the pavilion of the Fatherland. Of course: the luminous gesture was not free. Someone must have paid $60,000 to patriotically light this building. It was not the Burj Khalifa, an 830 meter high tower, which dominates the landscape full of skyscrapers and at its feet stands the Dubai Fountain, with choreographies of jets and lights to the rhythm of the music .

From this building illuminated in the colors of the Uruguayan flag, you can see the artificial islands, a tourist center with water parks and marine animals. Dubai’s wealth sounds obscene (and very attractive).


Last February, Lacalle Pou visited the United Arab Emirates, explaining that this visit was part of the government’s plan for greater international integration. His wife, Lorena Ponce de León, had already been to Expo Dubai, inaugurating the Sembrando program stand which promotes, within the national pavilion. After holding meetings with high authorities of the country, he participated in a promotional video that was widely distributed by the official account of the universal exhibition.

Dubai is one of the seven emirates that have been part of the United Arab Emirates since 1971.

In addition to Lacalle, businessmen from various fields travel. And members of the conservative think tank Ceres (the same headed by Ernesto Talvi) also flew. Now headed by Ignacio Munyo (an economist who used to head the University of Montevideo), Ceres had an active presence in Dubai, which is expressed in various agreements and exchanges. The idea -in addition to being seduced by the beautiful aroma awakened by petrodollars- is to obtain funding for research projects and commercial cooperation. Daniel Supervielle (advisor to Mides and author of a book on Lacalle Pou) and Nelson Fernández (director of information on channel 10) work at Cérès.

The government gives priority – and this is what it said – to relations with the regions of the world on three conditions: that they have money, that they want to invest in safe and stable places, and that they already have diplomatic and bilateral relations between countries. (For several years, Dubai has been a frequent destination for Uruguayan thoroughbred horses. Even a Uruguayan horse, “Soy Libriano”, took first place there in an 1,800 meter race. There is a strong equine export to this country). Repeated trips to Dubai have had their price: lThe World Government Summit Organization (WGSO), “a global, neutral and non-profit organization” dedicated to shaping “the future of governments”, decided at its annual meeting in Dubai to award the distinction to the best Minister of at a global level to Azucena Arbeleche, Minister of Economy and Finance. Any profit.

But this movement by Lacalle is due to other, less visible reasons: the insertion of the Uruguayan government into the new security architecture of the region, led by the United States and Israel.


Look at the map of this region. The UAE holds the key to exiting tankers leaving ports facing the Persian Gulf. Opposite the emirates, there is Iran, a danger for the “security” of the region because of its nuclear potential. In this context, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, wedged between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, are waging a long-standing war against the Hautis who rule Yemen, a country strongly influenced by Iran. The two Arab countries want nothing to do with certain pro-Iranians in this region and the United States and Israel do not. The two Arab countries are permanent arms buyers. The warmakers of the world will also kiss the turban of the sheikhs. (It is no coincidence that former King Juan Carlos of Spain currently lives in Dubai. After the hardships suffered in his country, Juan Carlos took refuge in a well-known country, known for its petrodollars and because the United Arab Emirates buys weapons at The first edition of the “World Defense Show”, an event sponsored by the regime of Salman bin Abdulaziz, was held in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) from March 6 to 9. According to data from the organizers , 11 Spanish companies have signed up. It is a coincidence that Spain recently recognized Morocco as having powers over the Sahara, eliminating an old diplomatic dispute).

It is no coincidence that in several shirts of important football clubs in the world, the advertisement of “Emirates”, the airline of the United Arab Emirates, appears. (From Barcelona to Argentinian River Plate). It is no coincidence that the UAE has vigorous talks with various Latin American countries (Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Colombia, Costa Rica, etc.) with the unstated objective of not isolating itself. , since the bombardments carried out with Saudi Arabia on Yemen have caused, for example, the death of 10,000 children in 8 years, according to Unicef ​​data).

With petrodollars, they intend to cover the massacre.


It is no coincidence that in the same week that President Lacalle visited Dubai, a few kilometers away, in the luxurious hotel of Kibbutz Tzdé Boker -Israel – the foreign ministers of the United States, of Israel, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahreim will formalize a key alliance for the region. Saudi Arabia – allied with the United Arab Emirates in the massacre in Yemen – and Jordan were not at the top but support the initiative. Last week, in the weekly Busca, columnist Eduardo Zalovich wrote that the new alliance is a response to the “threat from Iran, with its aggressive expansionism”. Iran “has therefore finished consolidating this position” of the alliance in the region. (Note the UAE-Saudi Arabia operation against Iran-friendly Yemenis.) Zalovich says “there is a clear conjunction of interests” among Alliance members and, immediately afterwards, he recognizes that “there are no democracies in the Arab world”. What matters are interests, not values. Zalovich says Hezbollah and Hamas – which control southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip – have “condemned” the new agreement between Israel, the United States and some Arab countries. (Observe another fact given above: Spain and Morocco are facing a new relationship. Morocco was at the top of Israel. Moreover, this country has long been chosen by the sheikhs of Saudi Arabia to pass summers. They have an impressive heavily guarded mansion in Casablanca). Stick geopolitics.

Lacalle’s movement – a “friend” of Israel, in his own words – must be part of a larger geopolitical movement. It strengthens its ties with Tel Aviv and the United States and opens its arms to investors. And we will see, later, if horses are sold to the sheikhs who have fun with horse races while they buy weapons to massacre a neighboring country.

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