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United Arab Emirates and France .. Strategic partnerships and consensus in the face of global challenges

United Arab Emirates and France are drawing power from the support, follow-up and direction of the leaders of both countries, represented by President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and President Emmanuel Macron of the Republic of France. , Tied to a long-standing strategic relationship. ..

Over the past few years, outstanding relations between the two countries have formed a major pillar for facing various types of regional and international challenges, playing an outstanding role in the fight against extremism and intolerance. Contributed to the spread of the concept of tolerance and coexistence between religions. society.

As French oil companies such as “Total” conducted oil exploration in the UAE, the relationship between the two countries dates back to the establishment of the UAE Federation, which was strengthened after the late Sheikh Zayed’s first visit. From Bin Sultan Arnachan to France in 1976.

To strengthen the areas of bilateral cooperation and raise them to the level of strategic partnership, the two countries established the UAE-France Strategic Dialogue, which began its work for the first time in 2008.

Since then, a meeting of the Dialogue Committee has been organized, in which on June 3, 2020, the parties adopted a new roadmap for strategic partnerships for the next decade, 2020-2030.

Over the past few years, dozens of agreements and memorandums have been signed between the two countries in various areas of economics, culture, military and environment, the latest of which was signed during the French President’s visit to the United Arab Emirates last December. There were 13 agreements made.

The UAE and France distinguish between economic and investment relationships, and non-oil foreign trade data between the two countries reflect the strength of the economic relationship between the two countries over decades as the total amount of non-oil foreign trade between the two countries. I am. By the end of 2021, the two countries had reached more than 25.2 billion AEDs, according to data from the Federal Center for Competitiveness Statistics.

France is one of the major foreign investors in the UAE. France’s direct investment in the United Arab Emirates reached € 2.5 billion by the end of 2020, and UAE is ranked 35th on the list of foreign investors in France.

Both countries pay special attention to their cultural partnerships because of their belief in the importance of building a bridge of communication between the people of both countries. Over the past few years, this partnership has witnessed many achievements, represented by the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Sorbonne University of Abu Dhabi, which was established in 2006.

The two countries played a major role in establishing the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (ALIPH), and the UAE donated € 5 million in 2017 to support the Arab World Institute in Paris, and Shake in the same year. Zayed Bin Sultan Arnachan Hall was opened at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

In addition, the UAE contributed a € 10 million donation to the restoration of the historic Imperial Theater in Fontainebleau Palace, so the name of the theater was changed after Sheikh Harifabin Zayed Arnachan.

The cultural partnership between the United Arab Emirates and France has witnessed significant progress in recent years. In October 2018, the year of cultural cooperation between Emiratis and France was announced in Paris.

As a result, French radio was launched in the UAE, the show aired three times a week, and in December 2018 the UAE became an associate member of the La Francophony International Organization.

In the field of education, seven accredited French high schools in the United Arab Emirates form the sixth largest French school network in the world in terms of enrollment, with more than 10,000 students.

In addition, 2018 was an important and groundbreaking year for starting French education in the UAE. A pilot phase program has been implemented to introduce French to all public schools. This initiative was initiated as part of a cultural dialogue between the UAE and France. Currently, more than 60,000 students are studying French at public and private schools in the country.

The number of French communities in the United Arab Emirates is approximately 25,000, the largest in the United Arab Emirates region.

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