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We are proud of the over 46 years of strong UAE-Canada diplomatic relations, and our shared friendship, which was founded upon solid ties, and complementary value systems. Our deep relations with Canada have flourished over the years through frequent visits by political and business leaders to bilateral exchanges and partnerships in a range of sectors from healthcare to education.

Our two countries’ close relations have been further enshrined through our shared commitments and joint cooperation in supporting the empowerment of women, global peace & security, a sustainable environment, and support for the developing world. These shared commitments have further progressed through our partnerships with international organizations - such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), headquartered in the UAE, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), headquartered in Montreal - as well as through our joint business organization, the Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC), which was spearheaded by our two foreign ministers, and the Canada-

UAE Parliamentary Friendship Group, which has a membership of over 60 Canadian Senators & Members of Parliament, from various political parties.

When the Embassy of the UAE to Canada was first established in 1999, the total bilateral trade between our two countries stood at $365 million. By 2020, our bilateral trade reached more than $2 billion, with at least 30 billion of UAE investment in Canada.

The UAE stands as Canada’s number one export country in the Middle East & North Africa region, (which has been the case for the last nine out of eleven years), with an even greater potential for increased growth.

We are also pleased to have more than 40,000 Canadians living in the UAE, and more than 150 major Canadian companies thriving in our country - and we welcome even more Canadians to take advantage of all UAE has to offer. With one third of the world living within a four-hour flight of the UAE, and this connectivity reaching more than 3.2 billion consumers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East - with a collective GDP of more than $60 trillion in emerging markets alone - there are endless opportunities for the Canadian business and investment sectors. 

As the UAE marks its Golden Jubilee this year, another monumental opportunity for Canadians will be realized when the UAE hosts EXPO 2020 Dubai - (from October 1st, 2021-March 31st, 2022).

This will be the first time Canada will participate in a world expo since Shanghai in 2010, and be the first time a world’s fair is held in the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia region. Canada will join more than 190 other participating countries to support the Canadian business, research, academic, and cultural sectors, and showcase voices of youth, women, and Canadians’ strength through diversity.

The relationship between our two nations also continues to expand and prosper through our many bilateral agreements - including the Government of Canada removing the visa requirement for all UAE nationals to travel to Canada - which is in keeping with the UAE entry policy for Canadians - to our shared MOU on Joint Space Cooperation, expanding our bilateral air transport agreement, and concluding negotiations toward an agreed Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement.

With the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, flying from Toronto direct to our capital city of Abu Dhabi, and Emirates Airlines flying direct from Toronto to our metropolitan city of Dubai, and flights also offered through Air Canada to UAE, reaching the UAE has never been easier. I welcome you to take advantage of this accessibility, and perhaps plan a trip to the UAE during EXPO Dubai, and help us make history together.

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Canada: H.E. Fahad Saeed AL Raqbani

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