The UAE Embassy in Belgrade hosted a reception on the 51st UAE National Day in the presence of His Excellency Aleksandar Vučić, President of the Republic of Serbia; His Excellency Ivica Dačić, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Serbian ministers; and ambassadors accredited to Serbia.
In his remarks, His Excellency Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia, said, "On 2 December 2022, the UAE celebrated the 51st anniversary of its establishment. Over the years, our country's journey towards progress and development has been full of achievements and guided by a clear vision for the future established under the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, the UAE’s founding fathers, and advanced under the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.”
His Excellency added, "The UAE continues to move forward under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates.”
"The 51st National Day is an opportunity to celebrate the country's achievements in recent years. The UAE has anticipated the future in its strategic planning, kept pace with technological advancement for the benefit of its people, and developed all sectors. The country has strengthened its regional and global position as one of the most advanced countries in the world in line with the leadership's aspirations for the country’s future,” His Excellency stated.
His Excellency added that the UAE has adopted strategies to develop key sectors to ensure sustainable growth and diversify the economy away from oil by 2071.
Moreover, His Excellency noted that the UAE has worked to build a knowledge-based economy through scientific and technological progress and has entered into Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreements with international partners to achieve its economic diversification strategy and bolster trade, industry, and investment.
His Excellency stressed that the UAE will continue to work tirelessly to strengthen partnership, dialogue, and cooperation in its efforts to achieve stability and prosperity and promote a culture of tolerance and women's empowerment.
In the field of climate change mitigation, His Excellency stated, the UAE is committed to mobilizing international efforts to address this global challenge. Having recently participated in the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), held in Egypt, the UAE is preparing to host COP28 at Expo City Dubai and build upon global momentum to reduce carbon emissions.
His Excellency praised the strong and deep-rooted relations between the UAE and Serbia, underscoring that many opportunities exist to further elevate bilateral cooperation. He also thanked Serbia for participating in the UAE's National Day celebrations during which main landmarks in Belgrade were illuminated in the colors of the UAE flag.