While the United Arab Emirates and India have maintained a relatively healthy bilateral relationship, cooperation has recently appeared to be growing. A climate of fiscal austerity prompted by low oil prices has driven the Gulf Arab states to build and strengthen global partnerships. This comradery was highlighted in late January when India welcomed a high-profile delegation led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, and including the ministers of economy, foreign affairs, and defense, to name a few. During the visit, India and the UAE signed 14 Memorandums of Understanding, and the crown prince was the chief guest at India’s 68th Republic Day celebrations. With consistently high trade volumes between India and the Gulf region, and Indians constituting the largest expatriate population in all the GCC states, there is an escalation in diplomatic and economic ties.