The UAE is preparing alternatives for oil deliveries if Iran should block the Straits of Hormuz. The UAE now says that it can bypass the Straits entirely by using ports in the Gulf of Oman. The bypass plans have taken on added significance as Iran now threatens to blockade the Straits due to the ongoing dispute over its nuclear program. The continued delay in the building and construction of the UAE’s alternative oil pipeline is also causing anxiety in the region. The 231-mile long Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline has suffered numerous delays, and there are now reports of disputes over quality control with the Chinese construction agency in charge of the project. When completed, the pipeline will be able to move 1.5 million barrels per day.