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China-UAE bilateral trade rises 38.1% in Q1-Q3 2021, despite pandemic: Chinese envoy

By Binsal Abdulkader

ABU DHABI, 9th December 2021 (WAM) — The China-UAE bilateral trade has overcome the negative impacts of the global pandemic for almost two consecutive years, a top Chinese diplomat told Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The bilateral trade during the first nine months of 2021 has exceeded the value of US$49 billion, a 38.1 percent increase compared to the same period in the previous year, revealed Ni Jian, Chinese Ambassador to the UAE.

The trend was almost the same during the first three quarters of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, he said in an exclusive interview at his residence in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

"This demonstrates the resilience and vitality of the bilateral economic and trade cooperation. The UAE remains China's largest export market and the second largest trading partner in the Arab region. With the interlocking of development strategies of the two countries, I believe that the prospects for China-UAE economic and trade cooperation will be broader," Jian affirmed.

UAE – largest investment destination in Arab world

"The UAE is the largest investment destination of China in the Arab world. In 2020, Chinese non-financial direct investment flows to the UAE in 2020 was valued at US$570 million, accounting for more than 47 percent of the total Chinese investment in the Arab world," the envoy added.

However the value of stock of Chinese direct investments was not readily available with him.

More than 6,000 Chinese firms have developed business in the UAE, involving energy, ports, infrastructure, communications, finance, and other sectors, he said. "The two countries have great potential and broad prospects for cooperation in the fields of new energy, high and new technology, green economy, and digital economy," the ambassador asserted.

Cooperation against COVID

"China-UAE vaccine cooperation has always been at the forefront of the world," Jian stressed.

Life sciences and vaccine manufacturing project is progressing smoothly and becoming a new platform of practical cooperation between the two countries, he said, referring to the joint project established between the UAE’s Group 42 and China National Pharmaceutical Group, under an agreement signed during the visit of Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi to the UAE in March this year.

The ambassador said he recently visited the vaccine factory jointly established by the two countries in the Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi. "I was very much impressed to see the construction in full swing and the factory buildings springing up. It is believed that in the near future the two countries will achieve more results of cooperation."

The envoy, who has been serving in the UAE for more than five years, has felt the global pandemic has been the most serious challenge during his tenure here. "However, it has opened opportunities as well for both countries."

Although he has been a diplomat in the Middle East for some time, the UAE offered him a completely different experience.

"This country's very unique with a policy of openness and tolerance, and hosting people of all different religions and nationalities to stay here to have a better life, for the past 50 years."

Robust political relations

The ambassador said the high-level exchanges between the two countries are the most important thing in China-UAE political relations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, had successful mutual state visits [in 2018 and 2019 respectively] reached a number of important consensus and made it clear that developing China-UAE relations is a "fundamental task crucial for generations to come." They promoted the bilateral relations to the best-ever in history, the envoy emphasised.

Guided by the important consensus of Chinese and UAE leaders, both countries have deepened the political and strategic mutual trust, supported each other on issues related to each other's core interests and major concerns, and cooperated closely on multilateral forums, reflecting the high level of China-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership, Jian stressed.

142 UAE public schools to offer Chinese courses

Educational, cultural, and people-to-people ties have also witnessed huge progress. "Chinese language teaching in the UAE has achieved remarkable results. It is expected that 142 UAE public schools will offer Chinese courses within this year," he said.

The UAE had announced introducing the Chinese language in the education curricula in August 2019 following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed during the state visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to China in July 2019.

Four historic events to enhance cooperation

"Our two beautiful countries are celebrating two historic occasions this year," the ambassador pointed out.

China is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the UAE the 50th anniversary of its founding. "So, this is a beautiful coincidence."

The third important event is Expo 2020, he pointed out. "Then we will have Winter Olympics in Beijing next year. Through these events, two countries can have better cooperation in all fields, which will enable both peoples to enjoy a better life."

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Dubai Police warns Against Using Police Emergency Strobe Lights

The Dubai Traffic Police has recently warned motorists against using police and emergency vehicle warning lights, after two vehicles were spotted on the road taking advantage of the exclusive entitlement of the police to be given way in case of emergency.

Colonel Juma bin Suwaidan, Acting Director of the General Traffic Department, urged road users to adhere to traffic laws to avoid facing legal liabilities and prevent endangering their lives and others.

Col bin Suwaidan stated further that the police patrols had impounded two vehicles on two separate occasions for illegally fitting their vehicles with using emergency warning lights similar to the police, giving other motorists a false impression of authority to give way.

“We have spotted one at the Emirates Road and the other at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road. Reports were filed against the two, and their vehicles were confiscated and fined,” he added.


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Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan announces the launch of the “Emirati Miniatures initiative” from the Courtauld Gallery in London.

“Art is the mirror of history and a true reflection of the extent of the civilised development of society.”

I feel a special state of spiritual and intellectual transcendence. ” Her Highness Sheikha Dr. Shamma expressed her conviction in the value of the arts and their being a title for advanced people and civilizations. This statement came during Her Highness’ visit to the Gallery in the British capital, London, at the beginning of her meetings and her visit as part of Her Highness’s cultural and knowledge programme for knowledge and human communication.

The Courtauld Gallery is interested in the history of the arts through different ages and human civilizations, and many of the senior art historians in the British scientific community belong to it. The Museum: Edouard Manet, Vanessa Bell, and Lucas Cranach (Painting of Adam and Eve), as well as the French artist Pierre Auguste Renoir, the Dutch artist Van Gogh, and many other artists.

Her Highness and the accompanying delegation were welcomed by Professor Deborah Salo, Director of the College; Dr. Karen Sears; Mrs. Francesca Hoyt and Mrs. Camilla Knight, where Her Highness and the accompanying delegation accompanied Professor Debrois on a tour between the various pavilions of the museum and the exhibition.

Her Highness held a meeting with the director of the gallery and the work team, where she thanked and appreciated them for their good reception. During the meeting, ways of cooperation between Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan’s cultural and educational institutions and between the Courtauld institutes were discussed, and experiences were exchanged in the field of presenting. There were lectures and technical workshops between the Emirati technical cadres and the technical cadres of the college, and Her Highness announced during the meeting the launching of the (Emirati Miniatures) initiative, which will be launched next October. It is an initiative dedicated to Emirati artists, using palm fronds as a basis for drawing accurate artistic miniatures that express the Emirati and human heritage. Her Highness invited them to attend the exhibition of the artworks participating in the initiative. Professor Deborah was very impressed with the idea of the initiative, especially the use of date palms, as they represent a heritage value in desert communities.

At the end of the meeting, Her Highness gifted the college a set of publications that talk about art in the United Arab Emirates, as part of the (Knowledge for Humanity) initiative launched by Her Highness last year, which aims to make the world know the Emirati civilization and its ancient folk heritage by donating museums and universities. To be among its holdings, with knowledge sources of books and technological means that define the UAE between the past, present, and future.

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Breaking / Federal Supreme Council elects Mohamed bin Zayed as UAE President

ABU DHABI, 14th May, 2022 (WAM) — The Federal Supreme Council today unanimously elected His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as President of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council held a meeting today at Al Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

The meeting was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman; H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah; H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain; and H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs said that according to Article 51 of the Constitution, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was unanimously elected as the President of the UAE to succeed the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Their Highnesses, the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates have reaffirmed their keenness to continue implementing the authentic values and principles laid down by the late deceased, Sheikh Khalifa, following on from the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These have consolidated the UAE’s status at both regional and global levels.

The Federal Supreme Council expressed its full confidence that the people of the UAE will remain, as Sheikh Zayed and the founders believed, “a faithful guardian of the Union and its gains at all levels”.

Their Highnesses wished H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan success in serving his people and country.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his appreciation for the precious trust placed in him by his brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, praying to the Almighty to guide and help him to bear the responsibility of this great trust and to fulfil its tasks of serving his country and people.


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