June UAE E-News Update
UAE News from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, DC

UAE and US Diplomats, LA Mayor Highlight Deepening Bilateral Economic and Cultural Ties with Southern California

During an event co-hosted by the US-UAE Business Council and LA Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that both LA and the UAE "share a focus on job creation and improving linkages with the global market." The Mayor also remarked how nonstop flights from LAX to the UAE will "open new economic, trade and business doors between our two communities."

UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba and US Ambassador to the UAE Michael Corbin got a close look at how exports to the UAE support local jobs during a visit to the Crane Hydro Aire facility in Burbank, where over 600 employees manufacture braking systems and other components used in Boeing aircraft that are operated by UAE passenger airlines. 

California ranks fifth among US states that export merchandise to the UAE. In 2013, the state exported more than $1.6 billion in goods to the UAE, ranging from agricultural products, to automotive and aerospace equipment, to high-tech products. Over 400 Emirati students also attend universities in California. Underscoring these close ties, Etihad Airways recently launched a daily nonstop flight between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, complementing existing Emirates service to Dubai. Learn More >

Abu Dhabi Meets Hollywood

Photo credit: Tom Vickers
To highlight Abu Dhabi’s emergence as a film and TV production hub in the Middle East, the Emirates-Aspen Partnership organized a panel discussion in Hollywood with Abu Dhabi-based media groups Image Nation and twofour54. US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin, a former entertainment industry executive, shared his impressions of the UAE’s role as a strong economic US ally.  The discussion was moderated by producer Walter Parkes and included twofour54 CEO Noura Al Kaabi, Image Nation Chairman Mohamed Al Mubarak, and British-Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa. Learn More >

UAE Opens First US Consulate

Los Angeles political officials, business leaders, and members of the diplomatic community gathered in Century City to mark the opening of the UAE’s first consulate in the US. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Ambassador Al Otaiba and Ambassador Corbin, amongst others, Consul General Abdulla Al Saboosi highlighted the strong trade and cultural ties between the UAE and California, and detailed plans to strengthen relationships on the West Coast. Learn More >

Tenth Annual Healthy Kidney 10K Honors UAE Founder and First President Sheikh Zayed

Over 8,000 men and women participated in the tenth annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10K race, which took place in New York City’s Central Park. Sponsored by the UAE Embassy and organized in coordination with the New York Road Runners, the race supports the National Kidney Foundation’s work to raise awareness of kidney disease and honors the UAE’s founder and first president, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. A kidney transplant recipient himself, Sheikh Zayed benefited from the expertise, knowledge and professionalism of US institutions and doctors. Learn More >

First Major Touring Emirati Art Exhibition Opens in Washington, DC 

The UAE Embassy partnered with the Meridian International Center in Washington, DC to unveil the first major exhibition of contemporary art from the UAE to tour the United States: Past Forward. The exhibition features more than 50 paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations, and represents three generations of 25 Emirati artists – three of whom were in Washington DC to support the exhibition’s opening. Learn More >
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Motivated by the courage and determination of the good people of New Jersey to restore their homes and schools after the devastation caused by Super Storm Sandy, Emirates Foundation for Youth Development and Takatof volunteers flew in from the United Arab Emirates to lend a helping hand with Habitat for Humanity. #UAEinUSA  See More >
Expo 2020 Dubai UAE. Be part of it.

"Emiratis are thinking 20 years ahead. They give you a chance to see the future, and think beyond the horizon in terms of infrastructure and ambition."

US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin


On June 8, 1990, the 14th FIFA World Cup was held in Italy, marking the first time the United Arab Emirates participated in the tournament. 


JUNE 29 – JULY 27, 2014

Along with Muslims all over the world, UAE families observe Ramadan, a holy month of fasting from dawn until sunset.


Smart Living City Dubai 2014 will take place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the event will bring together start-ups, investors, corporations, and government to share ideas and best practices about creating and enhancing global smart cities.


The eighth annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival will take place at Emirates Palace. Festival-goers can enjoy both international and Arab films from a variety of genres.



Former President Bill Clinton visits with Children’s National Medical Center President and CEO Kurt Newman at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, a world-renowned leader in children’s healthcare. See Photo Gallery >
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