Ideal Relations Between the UAE and Oman

  • 29 December 2009

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of Oman reviewed the brotherly UAE-Oman relations during a discussion that took place in Abu Dhabi recently. They praised the level of cooperation and coordination between the two countries and called it a model that should be adopted by others. There is no doubt that this is the kind of relationship that should exist among Gulf and Arab states, particularly neighboring countries. This is an example of the keenness of the two sides to strengthen the bonds of cooperation and understanding through constant interaction that helps them build a common platform to deal with regional and international issues. The UAE-Omani relations may have received a boost with the recent visit but it has not emerged from nowhere. The strong ties are the result of a solid foundation built by the two countries which continues to guarantee their progress and will help them face various challenges in the future.

The most significant factor underlying this relationship has been the determination of the two leaderships, and their people, to strengthen cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and culture as has been evident in the number of visits and mutual interactions at various levels. The two leaders reiterated in their recent meeting that the frequency of such visits add depth to the brotherly ties and enhances cooperation. Perhaps the most important milestone achieved by the two in recent years has been the signing of an agreement to draw borders between the two countries. This mutual action has created avenues for further cooperation and promises to solve pending issues through dialogue regardless of their complexities.

The second factor is mutual respect, which is the key to all progress and development between UAE and Oman. This is also the principle that guides the UAE in its relations with other Arab countries and beyond. The third factor is the keenness of the two sides to build solid grounds especially in the field of economy. This stems from the belief that economic interests enhance people-to-people contacts. The fourth factor is the acknowledgment of the mounting regional and international challenges, which can only be tackled through collective action based on understanding among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The fifth factor is the convergence of both the countries’ political decision-making, which have been characterized by moderation, wisdom and an understanding of the regional and international affairs.