No. 677

Saudi-UAE Relations in Light of Shared Challenges

  • 31 July 2019

Saudi-UAE relations are based on shared social and political foundations. They are reflected in agreements and understandings that date back to the early years when the UAE union was still an idea, and have continued beyond the establishment of the UAE to the present day. These understandings are documented in official cables between Saudi Arabia‘s Kings and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, (may God rest his soul in peace), as well as his brothers, the Rulers of the Emirates.

Political consensus between the two countries was in the making since the 1960s. It was strengthened with their coordinated support of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the 1973 war, and efforts to liberate Kuwait in 1991, following the invasion led by Iraq’s former President, Saddam Hussein. The UAE and Saudi Arabia adopted a united position on the 2011 uprisings in Arab countries; a position that helped consolidate stability in the face of chaos. The UAE is also participating in Operation Decisive Storm, supporting Saudi Arabia and the legitimacy of brotherly Yemen.

Strong economic relations also exist between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as evidenced by the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council on May 16, 2016, to foster common interests. There are around 23,000 Saudi firms and commercial agencies operating in the UAE, while the Kingdom hosts similar Emirati projects. Both countries stand together to face emerging regional challenges with a unified vision that enhances stability.

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