On January 9, WAM reported that UAE prosecutors had begun questioning women allegedly linked to the group. The UAE, a federation of seven emirates led by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, has not seen any of the widespread pro-reform protests which have swept other Arab countries, including fellow Gulf states Bahrain and Oman. But authorities have stepped up a crackdown on voices of dissent and calls for democratic reform. Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan has accused the Muslim Brotherhood - which came to power after the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia - of plotting against Gulf monarchies. He charged the Islamists detained since last year were linked to the group. This month, local media announced that UAE authorities had arrested 11 Egyptian residents suspected of links to the Brotherhood.