No. 612

The UAE and Saudi Arabia: A Strategic Partnership

  • 8 August 2018

This strategic partnership brings together the two largest Gulf and Arab economies, which constitute a distinguished strategic arrangement at the political and military levels. It aims to maximize the advantages enjoyed by the two countries in order to further enhance the wellbeing of their citizens, on the one hand, and to maintain the security of the region and Arab security in general in the face of external threats, on the other hand.

In this context, the Emirati-Saudi Coordination Council held its first meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in June 2018, chaired by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), marking the launch of a strategic partnership between the two countries across all fields.

The Council, which was announced in May 2016, brings together the two largest Gulf and Arab economies. It operates within the common Gulf operating system and serves as an additional pillar for joint Arab action.

The council aims to set a joint vision between the two countries so as to deepen their distinguished mutual relations in line with the objectives of the GCC. It seeks to strengthen the bonds and comprehensive economic cooperation between the two countries, to find innovative solutions that enable optimal utilization of existing resources, and the building of an effective and integrated education system based on the strengths of both countries in order to prepare highlyqualified generations of citizens.

The Council also seeks to enhance cooperation and integration between the two countries in the political, security, and military fields in a way that strengthens the security and regional and international sovereign position of the two countries, and to help maintain the security of the Gulf region, as well as Arab security as a whole.The Council has adopted clear mechanisms to ensure effective utilization of opportunities for cooperation and partnership between the two countries, based on an integrated methodology for measuring performance to ensure the sustainability of plans and coordination of implementation of joint initiatives. To this end, a high-level joint committee was formed to follow up the enforcement of these mechanisms.

The aim of this lecture is to shed light on the expected benefits of this strategic partnership, and to discuss the challenges facing the region and how this partnership can contribute to addressing them.



Wednesday 8 August 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 8 August 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm