The UAE’s Steady Approach toward the Outside World

  • 11 June 2015

Recent days have witnessed a flurry of diplomatic activities with the UAE seeking to enhance its relations with nations around the world. The country has based its approach on open and tolerant principles that are part of its foreign policy. An example of this was the two-day visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to the Republic of Poland where he met President Bronislaw Komorowski and discussed ways to enhance relations between the two countries.

The two leaders attended the ceremony in which several bilateral agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were signed. These MoUs are expected to transform the UAE-Polish relations and broader their horizon in the future. UAE Foreign Minister His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan also visited the Ugandan capital of Kampala recently. During the visit, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah participated in the first ‘Forum for UAE Ambassadors and Heads of Representative Missions to the African Continent’.

These two vital visits convey several significant meanings. First, the UAE’s ambition is to boost partnership across the world. Second, the UAE’s diplomacy follows an open and effective model seeking friendly relations with all regions, from Europe to Africa, and from the Far East to the farthest nations in the Western hemisphere. The country’s efforts in this domain are a translation of the essential principles of its foreign policy, which is establishing balanced relations with all nations. Third, the UAE’s engagement with the outside world is aimed at enhancing peace and security and boosting development.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum emphasized these principles during his visit to Poland. “UAE relations with other countries are based on mutual respect and enhancement of peace and stability,” he said. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan also highlighted this in Uganda where he said that the UAE is open to relations with Africa and seeks to strengthen its relations with the continent. The UAE also aspires to expand its diplomatic presence and investments in Africa in ways that serve the interests of both sides.

These endeavors are based on the principles of the UAE’s foreign policy, adopted by Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul). Among these principles is mutual respect guaranteed in the UAE’s Constitution, which says that the UAE builds its relations with other nations “based on mutual respect and exchange of benefits and interests”. Another principle that outlines its approach is the enhancement of regional and international peace, security and stability, given that this is the only effective way to unite international efforts towards development and prosperity for all people.

The third principle is to promote the culture of coexistence and dialogue among different civilizations, faiths and ethnicities, by promoting openness, tolerance and avoiding confrontation. The fourth principle is to continue the humanitarian approach (as championed by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan) to provide assistance to the needy and to those affected by natural disasters, crises and conflicts.

These principles, alongside the country’s deep-rooted values, have guaranteed success of the UAE’s foreign policy, in building balanced and strong relations with the outside world in recent decades. These principles will also remain the basic guidelines that draw the UAE towards other nations in the future, thanks to the vision of its wise leadership and its belief in the value of these principles. The UAE’s leadership is also keen to adopt any approach that serves the interest of humanity.