The Emirates has long expended significant diplomatic and humanitarian efforts in Sudan, cementing deep relations between the two countries. The two parties exerted efforts to transform their relations from tradition to strategic in all aspects. Sheikh Zayed Allah mercy him put the components of the relations between Sudan and Emirates and paved the way to Khartoum and Dubai to develop their bilateral ties and push them ahead.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) contributed more and play a crucial role in realizing comprehensive peace in Sudan so that we find Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, mediated between Sudan and Chad during a border dispute in 2009 this indicates that the Dubai keens to see Khartoum to live in peace, security and stability.
The trade exchange has witnessed a remarkable high rate for example we see between 2004 and 2008, trade between the UAE and Sudan increased by 153 per cent. Emirati investment in the country rose from $1.3bn at the end of 2007 to $2bn at the end of 2009. The majority of the UAE’s investments are in services, industry and agriculture.
In 1981, the UAE signed an agreement with Sudan allowing Sudanese workers in the UAE. The Sudanese existence in UAE had played a significant role in developing relationships of the two countries and promotes confidence between the governments of the two countries and allowed them to continue their communication process in order to achieving strategic partnership in upcoming future.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contributed more and till now for instance in 2003, an agreement was signed between the two countries establishing a free-trade zone. Non-oil exports in 2009 to Sudan reached over $173m, while imports were worth $635m. Both imports and exports rose significantly between 2008 and 2009. The majority of the UAE’s non-oil imports from Sudan in 2009 included pearls, precious stones and metals.
In a report in March, the Ministry of Foreign Trade urged investors to contribute to Sudan’s agricultural sector. Investment there is important for the UAE, which is trying to enhance its food security by buying and investing in agricultural land in Africa. Sudan has vast tracts of fertile land, estimated at about 84 million hectares. This pave the way for UAE to expand its investments in Sudan in all field in general and agriculture in particular. I think that UAE is an appropriate state to set up strategic partnership with Sudan because there are common goals between Khartoum and Dubai so that the two states should work hand in hand to confront their challenges and realizing peace in the region.
The United Arab Emirates was one of the first countries to give full- support to the Arab organization to join agricultural activity in Sudan in order to increase the production and productivity, for providing food security to the Arab countries. Dubai idea towards this aims to encourage Arab countries to invest in agricultural sector, which enable to achieve the common benefit for all Arab people.
We find that United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contributed more particularly in telecommunication field aims to promote the communication process in Sudan UAE also contributed in a vital projects such as Merowe Dam and other activities concern Khartoum. In humanitarian domain, United Arab Emirates threw more to Sudan and participated in the humanitarian aid to Sudan and its people who does not forget these noble positions.
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