Sean Williams (109* off 84) and Craig Ervine (64 off 71) powered Zimbabwe to 307-4 before Ryan Burl (4-32) helped UAE restrict to 176-10
Ragis Chakabva struck 78* to chase down a revised target of 182 after bowlers restricted UAE to 169-8 in 35 overs
The four-match series will be UAE's first-ever bilateral ODI series against a full-member nation.
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