Islamabad, 26 September 2022 (TDI): The Ambassador UAE to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi, received the British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Christian Turner, on Monday.

The officials exchanged thoughts on the global and regional situation and the bilateral cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

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UK-UAE Bilateral Relations

Britain and the United Arab Emirates have a historic association in terms of cooperation in the areas of Law Enforcement, Defence, training, and Military Technology.

Trade takes place between the two countries across a variety of industries including energy, financial and professional services, education, healthcare, and infrastructure, as well as defense and aerospace.

The Armed Forces of the Emirates and the UK have strong ties, working in partnership to preserve security and stability in the Arabian Gulf.

In addition to that, the UAE is the UK’s third largest trading partner outside Europe. This also makes the UAE the UK’s largest trading partner in the Middle East. There are over 5,000 UK businesses operating in the Emirates.

The bilateral trade between the UAE and UK reached £10.27 billion (AED 55bn), according to the Figures released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics in 2021. This means the UAE is the UK’s 25th largest trading partner globally and its largest trading partner in the Gulf region.

The UAE and the UK enjoy good Bilateral Relations in terms of Security and Defense. In 2009, the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE’s Armed Forces which covers arrangements for UK forces to utilize air bases in the UAE.

The countries have been exchanging high-level visits to each other. During a visit to the UK in 2021, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and then Prime Minister Boris signed an agreement of Memorandum of Understanding.

The signing of an MoU on Climate Change and Environmental cooperation supports collaboration on climate action, nature-based solutions, and fulfilling the Paris Agreement.

Moreover, In November 2021, the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The Memorandum seeks to reinforce cooperation in cultural fields related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage, literature, and visual and performing arts.