Strong Relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia

  • 12 May 2014

Naming a main road in the city of Abu Dhabi after the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, is a significant initiative. Its symbolic value derives not only from the great appreciation held by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him), for the King of Saudi Arabia and his distinctive role in strengthening Gulf integration and defense of Arab issues in general, but also the strong relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia in all aspects. What maximizes the value of this initiative is it came just days after the Sheikh Zayed Book Award had chosen the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as the Cultural Personality of the Year 2014 at the Award’s eighth session, for the King’s pioneering role in promoting peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance and cross-cultural dialogue, as well as his passionate support for an advanced education and culture of scientific research in the region.

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, made note of the great humanitarian, progressive and cultural stature of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who has earned the respect of all citizens in the Gulf countries, the appreciation of the Arab world and beyond. Stressing the deep links between the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan stated that, “The relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia clearly embody the values of brotherhood, love and common historical ties.”

Relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia are a model for fraternal ties, which are self-sustaining in all aspects, because they are based on many well-established constituents: First, the legacy of brotherly cooperation and understanding between the leaderships of the two countries, which deepened during the past years as a consequence of geography, history and common ties of destiny, and compatibility on overall common issues at the Gulf and Arab level. This was clearly expressed in the words of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, when he said that, “The relations between UAE and Saudi Arabia clearly embody the values of brotherhood, love and common historical ties.”

Second, the framework of GCC integration where the two countries believe in the need to work to achieve rapprochement and cooperation among the GCC countries in order to maintain security and stability and protect their developmental gains. Therefore, the leaderships of both countries agree on strengthening bilateral relations as a role model for brotherly neighborliness in the Gulf and Arab contexts. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also affirmed the keen interest of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to follow in the steps of the late UAE founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, towards further bolstering cooperation between the two countries and reflecting the aspirations of their leaderships and peoples to further strengthen and consolidate Gulf unity and further the progress and prosperity of all nationals in Arabian Gulf countries.

Third, the depth and strength of common interests between the two countries, which represent a major base for the development of bilateral relations between them. These interests encompass politics, economics, trade and development, and primarily aim to deepen the developmental gains, well-being and prosperity of the peoples of these two countries.

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