RELATIONS WITH THE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates were established in 1992. In 1997 Kazakhstan inaugurated its General Consulate in Dubai. In October 2005 Embassy of the United Arab Emirates was opened in Astana.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan Askar Mussinov to the United Arab Emirates with residence in Riyadh presented the Letters of Credence to His Highness Deputy Prime-minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahayan on October 2, 2005.
Solid fundament of friendship, mutual understanding and friendship was laid during official visits of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev to the United Arab Emirates (May 1998; January 2000; January 2004; March 2005) and official visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa ben Zayed Al Nahayan in October, 2002 (since November 2004 – UAE President). During mentioned visits leaders of two countries have discussed wide range of issues of world and regional developments and the ways of tightening of bilateral political and economic cooperation. This visits filled bilateral relations with further constructivism.
Nowadays the maters of primary importance of the development of bilateral relations are as follows:
- Official visit of the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan to Kazakhstan;
- Official visit of the Defense Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum to Kazakhstan;
- Implementation of resolutions of the First Meeting of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission;
- Deepening of business cooperation particularly by the establishment of Joint Business Council;
- Development of cooperation between the Mangistau Oblast (Region) of Kazakhstan and Emirate Dubai;
- Development of cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Development Fund;
- Study of experience and development of cooperation of the Free Economic Zone “Jebel Ali”;
- Implementation of construction projects in Astana with assistance and participation of UAE financial and business institutions particularly of “Abu Dhabi Towers”.
According to the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev Kazakhstan is interested in study of UAE experience of the development of oil industry and relations with foreign oil companies. Kazakhstan is ready to cooperate with UAE companies, representatives of private business especially in the field of construction of infrastructure.
Governments of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates recognize the Joint Intergovernmental Commission as the most important mechanism of development of bilateral contract-legal base and enlargement of economic ties and bilateral trade amount. First Commission’s meeting held on December 2004. Commission is responsible for the wide range of cooperation spheres as investment, economy, trade, industry, science and technologies, agriculture, higher education, tourism and sport.
Strong pace has the development of cooperation between business circles of two countries. UAE is the most important trade and investment partners of Kazakhstan in Middle East. In this connection, as an outcome of visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev to UAE, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan formed representative delegation of prominent Emirate’s businessmen headed by the President of Mubadala Development Company. Mentioned delegation visited Kazakhstan on May 4-6, 2005 followed by the delegation of experts of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on May 30-31, 2005.
Taking into account the thriving economies of Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates there is a great potential of further development of economic cooperation and enlargement of trade amount between Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates.
During the visit of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev the question on the inauguration of the missions in Astana and Abu Dhabi was discussed.
In this connection, on September, 2005 the UAE Government made a decision to open the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Astana as well as to appoint His Excellency Ibrahim Hassan Seif bin Rabeh Al-Ali as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Kazakhstan.
This step could be considered as the evidence of recognition of the Government of UAE the key role of Kazakhstan in Central Asia, its status as the biggest Muslim country as well as its economic potential. Furthermore, inauguration of the Embassy is expression of satisfaction of Emirati authorities over the positive development of bilateral relations reached during recent years.
In November, 2005 regular flights of the Air Arabia Company were inaugurated between Sharja and Astana (once weekly) and Sharja and Almaty (twice weekly).
In December, 2005 Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Riyadh conveyed the invitation addressed to the Leader of UAE to participate in Presidential Inauguration.
In this regard, the Special Representative of the President, Minister of information and Culture of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahayan participated in the Inauguration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev in Astana on January 11, 2006.
Delegation headed by Karim Massimov, Vice Prime Minister of RK, has visited the United Arab Emirates February 15-16 on order from Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Today reports citing the presidential press service.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss a number of issues related with mutually beneficial co-operation and a concrete Action Plan for different areas.
At the negotiations in Abu-Dhabi the sites noted big prospects for co-operation on development of bauxite fields including constitution of aluminium and alumina factories. The Emirates were especially interested in participation in the construction of a new petrochemical complex in West Kazakhstan.
Besides, co-operation in pharmaceutics and medicine was discussed either. In particular, it is joint construction of the National Cardiosurgery Centre in Astana, co-financing of a pilot project on introduction of international standards on the basis of the National Scientific Maternity and Childhood Centre. Co-operation in transport and communications, in particular, opening of air traffic between the UAE and Kazakhstan.
The Kazakhstani delegation has expressed interest in realising the full potential of co-operation in the construction of a scientific educational centre "Bilim ordasy" in Astana following the example of the "Knowledge village" in the UAE.
The UAE investors in their turn expressed an interest in the project of constructing "Burj al-Emirate" building in Astana that will include a hotel, a mall, and a business centre.
The Kazakhstan-UAE Action Plan was signed in the presence of heads of both states February 16, 2006. The inclusion of concrete projects in different areas into it confirmed a high degree of mutual interest in developing bilateral relations.