UAE 47th National Day
UAE 47th National Day
  • Staff reporter Shin Whan-chul
  • 승인 2018.12.02 23:20
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-UAE envoys touches upon Dubai Expo 2020 & its ODA assistance
as some achievements of its UAE Government

Dubai Expo 2020 is one of the great achivements from the standpoint of Government of UAE and UAE has been one of biggest doners all over the world in terms of its ODA assistance to world’s underdeveloped countries during last 5 years.

Such facts were revealed by the speech of UAE Amb. Abdulla Saif to commemorate its 47th National Day through its diplomatic reception, held in a downtown hotel Seoul on last Nov. 30th evening.

Touching upon last March Korean President’s official visit to UAE this year, Saif said that during the summit, the two leaders agreed to upgrade the Korea-UAE strategic relationship into a “special strategic partnership.” The president and the crown prince acknowledged that the two countries have been engaged actively as strategic partners since 2009 across various areas of both the economy and industry, ever since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1980, according to the Blue House.

UAE Amb. Abdulla Saif (center) marking his country's 47th National Day while being surrounded by envoys from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. including US Amb. H. Harris (second from right)

The two leaders agreed that bilateral cooperation should be expanded into such areas as diplomacy, defense, education, medicine and energy, too. To this end, the two leaders vowed to have in-depth discussions on pending issues by hosting regular dialogue channels, such as dialogue between diplomatic and defense vice-ministerial-level officials, talks between foreign ministers and a joint panel to discuss economic issues.

On behalf of the Government, MOCIE Minister Sung Yun-mo said Korean government sincerely hopes the two counterparts would head for the future-oriented partnerships in a time when UAE pursues its post-oil era, adding the two countries need to advance into the 3rd country’s nuclear plant market as UAE Barakah project achieves construction milestones.

Envoys from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. marking UAE 47th National Day.
Envoys from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. marking UAE 47th National Day.

Through last March’s official visit to UAE, President Moon Jae-in attended a ceremony to commemorate Barakah Unit 1, the first nuclear energy plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and also in the Middle East, and Korea’s first overseas nuclear power project, on March 26 during his official visit to Abu Dhabi.

The project includes four nuclear energy plants in the Barakah region of the UAE, around 270 km west of Abu Dhabi. The first completed unit will begin to load fuel and come into operation in May, according to MOCIE. The Barakah project, which will deliver a stable supply of electricity across the UAE, would further expand Korea-UAE bilateral cooperation into other fields of the energy industry, healthcare, semiconductors, science & technology, container terminals and even agriculture, said Sung.

On the other hand, UAE Amb. Abdulla Saif received the 2018 Top Amb. Award from the Korea Amb. Culture Friendship Association, an affiliate organization of the NDNnews ( & the Seoulcity magazine at the National Assembly Memorial Hall on last week.

UAE Amb. Abdulla Saif correponding to a group photo with defense attaches from each Embassies in Seoul.
UAE Amb. Abdulla Saif correponding to a group photo with defense attaches from each Embassies in Seoul.

The following is his award plague content. –Ed.

Reflecting mutual close partnerships that Korea is to the UAE the best cooperative partner in East Asia, and the UAE is to Korea the best cooperative partner in the Middle East, Your Excellency contributed not a little to the relations between the two countries including many agreements and MOU which have been signed between the UAE and the Republic of Korea in different areas covering health, public management, small and medium sized corporations, and defense among others during Your Excellency’s tenure of office.

Since being upgraded to Special Strategic Partnership, a move reflecting the high importance the two countries place to each other during Your Excellency’s tenure of office as UAE top envoy to the Republic of Korea, the bilateral cooperative ties have expanded in all fields such as security cooperation, health and medical treatment, sports, education, and culture in the recent years, intensifying existing cooperation in the areas of political affairs, economy and energy.

Staff reporter Shin Whan-chul

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