The UAE and USA: United in Outlook

The expanding relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the United States has been a positive and productive one for the past several decades. With many interests between the two global leaders aligned, there is no doubt that the symbiotic relationship spans across social, cultural, global, economic and political realms. It is clear that the UAE and USA are united in outlook.

The UAE’s thriving and innovative economies in the world make it a stable partner for the USA and the joint diplomacy when solving important issues such as Middle East conflict show the valuable partnership between the two international entities. Yet the results this relationship expand beyond officials, diplomats and government. Benefits from the strong partnership are evident in both countries and in everyday civilian life, from cultural to educational to social components of life.

Many leading U.S. higher education institutions have recently partnered with organizations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other parts of the UAE. With New York University, Rochester University of Technology and Boston University campuses in the UAE, as well as cultural attractions such as the Guggenheim,  students attain a global perspective and can help to preserve the strong partnership. American healthcare institutions are also a huge help to the UAE. Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic are all prominent components of public health in the UAE. Similarly, the UAE government gives back to the US in light of disaster.

In just the past couple of years, the UAE generously gave grants to help the public schools as well as a new pediatric wing in St. John’s Mercy Hospital after the devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. Following Hurricane Katrina, the UAE’s donations and aid also totaled over $100 million.

Art and culture also play a huge part of the partnership. Abu Dhabi will soon have a film academy, and National Geographic Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi have committed $100 million for the production of 15 movies and documentaries for theatrical release. UAE even has sister cities with a couple of cities in the US–Detroit and Dubai, Houston and Abu Dhabi.

Lastly, the UAE Embassy’s partnership with the Manchester City Football Club has resulted in brand new soccer fields for children in inner-city communities in cities all across the US, including East LA, Miami, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York.