The recent emphasis on the concept of globalization as a critical driver for international trade has shifted the focus from the Suez Canal to other strategic waterways, particularly in Southeast Asia. However, this shift should not result in the neglect of the Suez Canal, as it remains a vital trade route, especially for European trade with Asia. Given this importance, it is imperative for Arab countries to actively participate in shaping trade policies and the management of these waterways.
Furthermore, the increasing piracy incidents in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden pose a serious threat to global trade and call for proactive measures by Arab countries to ensure the security and stability of these sea lanes. In this regard, the UAE’s efforts to combat piracy and terrorism in the region are commendable and set an example for other Arab nations to follow.
The challenges and opportunities presented by these sea lanes require a collective Arab effort to address, especially in light of the potential of these waterways to serve as a driver for economic growth and development in the region. Arab countries must leverage their geographic advantage as guardians of these critical sea lanes to play a more active and influential role in shaping the future of global trade. This can be achieved through strategic partnerships, investments in maritime security, and the development of infrastructure to facilitate trade and transportation. By doing so, Arab nations can solidify their position as key players in the global economy and ensure the prosperity and stability of these vital sea lanes.