Successful UAE – Germany Partnership

  • 26 May 2010

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the UAE, her discussions with the country’s leadership and agreements signed between the two countries reflect the progress made in the UAE-Germany ties in recent years. This also indicates the mutual willingness to push this relationship forward within the framework. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of ECSSR, reiterated this while describing the relationship between the two countries. He said that this ‘strategic partnership’ is the result of a sincere desire on the part of the leaderships on both the sides and confirmed that the UAE, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to take this relationship to the next level in a manner that fulfils the aspirations of the two countries.

The UAE ambassador to Germany said that both the countries have entered into a strategic partnership which is reflected in the German Chancellor’s decision to choose Abu Dhabi as the starting point for her Gulf tour. This confirms the distinctive place that the UAE enjoys in the eyes of the German leadership and the decisionmakers in Berlin. Perhaps it is the higher degree of vitality built on mutual interests that distinguish the UAE-German relationship. According to the UAE embassy in Germany, the UAE is regarded as Germany’s leading economic partner in the Arab world with the volume of trade between the two sides touching 6.6 billion Euros last year. Germany also became the UAE’s fifth largest trading partner in the world and, as per a study by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Trade, the non-oil exchange between the two sides reached $8.45 billion during the same year.

During her meeting with His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the German Chancellor said that her country’s businessmen consider the UAE an important destination to start their businesses and that the UAE is regarded as the most important export market for German firm. There are more than 800 German companies operating in the UAE. This should be seen as a great vote of confidence by the world and its major powers in the UAE, its leadership and its policy especially on the diplomatic and economic fronts.

The UAE has been the focus of attention following the country’s success in handling the global financial crisis and its ability to overcome and maintain its economy. This has been a phenomenon that several countries are keen to benefit from while they battle the contagion. There is no doubt that Germany’s interest in developing its political and economic ties with the UAE reflects its confidence in the prudence of our wise leadership and the strength and stability of its economy. This is also happening because the UAE now occupies an important position in the global arena and plays a crucial role in the economic and political fields in the region and beyond.