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Germany and United Arab Emirates: Bilateral Relations United Arab Emirates

24.09.2020 - Article

Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) maintain intensive diplomatic relations. The strategic partnership agreed in April 2004 is evidence of this. To further strengthen their ties, the two countries signed a joint declaration of intent on the occasion of the visit to Berlin of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in June 2019.

The UAE is Germany’s biggest trading partner in the region. After Turkey and on a par with Saudi Arabia, the UAE is Germany’s most important market in the Near and Middle East and North Africa, despite a decline in German exports since 2015 (2019: 8.7 billion euro). Germany’s main exports to the UAE are aircraft, cars, machinery, electrical goods and chemical products. In 2019, German imports from the UAE – primarily aluminium and petrochemical products (no crude oil) – totalled approx. 1.05 billion euro. The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, which was founded in 2009, supports bilateral trade.

Bilateral cultural cooperation is extensive. The Goethe-Institut has operated a regional office in Abu Dhabi since 2006 and a language training centre in Dubаi since 2007. The German National Tourist Board has had an office in Dubai since 2004. There are 15 cooperation projects between universities and academic institutions in the two countries. There are officially recognised German schools abroad in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. Pupils have been able to earn the German International Abitur in Abu Dhabi and Dubаi since 2011 and 2012 respectively, and the German International School Sharjah introduced the multilingual International Baccalaureate (IB) in the 2014/15 academic year.

In Berlin in late April 2013, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Sharjah Museums Department (encompassing 16 museums) and the Goethe-Institut signed a declaration of intent on long-term cooperation in the area of museums. March 2019 saw the launch of cooperation in the film sphere between the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) and the Filmakademie Baden‑Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

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