Inauguration of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi examples the strong and growing relationship between the Netherlands and the UAE

On 4 April 2017, the new premises of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Abu Dhabi was officially inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development of the United Arab Emirates and H.E. Martin van Rijn, (Acting) Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands maintains close and good relations with the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is one of the Netherlands’ main export partners in the Middle East, the Netherlands and the UAE cooperate on counterterrorism in the region. The UAE is a trend-setting country and increasingly important for the Netherlands in terms of economics, politics and security.

 

Inauguration Netherlands Embassy by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan and H.E. Martin van Rijn

“It is very impressive to see how the United Arab Emirates have evolved over the past 56 years, and it is exciting to see for myself the results of the UAE’s ambitions. Our countries are important partners. Our bilateral trade amounts to almost 4 billion euros (almost 16 billion dirham). The UAE is the largest export partner of the Netherlands in the GCC, and after Turkey even the largest export partner in the whole MENA region” stated H.E. (Acting) Martin van Rijn, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands.

“This year we celebrate 45 years of formal bilateral relations between the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates. In those 45 years, the relations between the UAE and the Netherlands have become strong and successful. As a result, we have also outgrown our previous embassy’’ added H.E. Frank Mollen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE.

(Acting) Minister Van Rijn is visiting Abu Dhabi and Dubai from 3 until 7 April together with 30 Dutch companies from the Dutch life sciences and health sectors.

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