Uzbekistan-United Arab Emirates relations

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates established in October 1992.

In 1992 the Consulate General of the Republic of Uzbekistan began its activity in Dubai. In 2007 the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in UAE opened in Abu Dhabi.

In June 2004 the Government of UAE has decided to open the Consulate General in Uzbekistan. In June 2010 the Consulate General of the UAE in Tashkent was converted to the Embassy. At the present time, H.E. Mr. Muhammad Harib Birid Al Muhayribi is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Uzbekistan.

In March 2008 the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov visited UAE, during which 28 governmental and departmental documents were signed.

Expansion of trade and economic cooperation is a key priority of the Uzbek-UAE relations.

In 2014 the volume of trade turnover between Uzbekistan and UAE totaled $120.2 million, of which export - $72.4 million, import - $47.8 million.

Uzbekistan's main exports consist of raw cotton fiber, silk, agricultural products and services, import from the UAE consists of mechanical and electrical equipment, foodstuffs, furniture, vehicles, clothing and sport equipments.

At the present time 85 companies, created with the capital of UAE are carrying out their activity in Uzbekistan, 35 of which are wholly owned companies with UAE capital.

In May 2008 the Minister of International Cooperation and Development of UAE H.H. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi visited Tashkent, during which the First Meeting of the Uzbek-Emirates Intergovernmental Commission was held and organized a business forum with participation of representatives of business circles of the UAE.

In the period of March 1-3, 2015 a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade H.E. Mr. E.Ganiev paid a visit to the UAE, where held the Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on trade and economic cooperation with the UAE.

In recent years cooperation between Uzbekistan and UAE in the cultural and other spheres is actively developing. In particular, during the period of 2008-2011 the representatives of two sides have taken part in the following forums:

- The delegation of UAE participated in the international conference «Historical heritage of the scientists and philosophers of the Medieval East, its role and importance for the modern civilization», which was held May 15 - 16, 2014 in Samarkand;

- Deputy head of the company «Al Ghurair Resources» participated in the international conference «About main food programme implementation of reserves in Uzbekistan» held in June 5-6, 2014, in Tashkent;

- Meeting of the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development H.E. Mr. Eissa Mohamed Al Suwaidi during the Annual Meeting of the IDB;

- The representatives of «Uzbektourism» participated in the Summit of the World Council of Travel and Tourism, which was held in Dubai;

- Uzbek delegation participated in the International Book Fair, which was held in Abu Dhabi;

- The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan hosted the international scientific-practical conference «The restoration of manuscripts and publications», organized jointly with the Center for Culture and Heritage Juma al-Majid (UAE).

The representatives of UAE are actively participating in the International Music Festival «Sharq taronalari».

- Delegations from the United Arab Emirates (5 persons) attended as the international observers in the elections to the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2014, as well as in the Presidential elections in 2015.