Let’s Hear It For 50 Years Of Strong Bonds Between The UAE And Egypt!

Mayar Ibrahim

Happy 50 years to the brotherly bonds and strong relations of the UAE and Egypt! Since 1971, the two countries shared the same values.

Here’s a rundown of the historical bond of 50 years between the two nations since 1971

The United Arab Emirates and the Arab Republic of Egypt distinguished historical relations spanning more than 50 years. Initially, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan believed in Egypt’s pivotal role and stature in the region.

On April 14 1971, the late President of Egypt Mohammad Anwar Al Sadat, presented the Order of the Nile to the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Egypt.

The efforts of the late Sheikh Zayed and late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser started before the declaration of the Union in 1971

Both leaders brought together a fraternal and brotherly relationship. Moreover, the relationship reflects common values and mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples.

Furthermore, the image below portrays the late founding father H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan viewing an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus in Egypt. This took place on April 16, 1971.

The 1970s witnessed a fruitful period in bilateral relations between the UAE and Egypt

As the ties between the two countries were a great model of ideal relations between Arab countries. Sheikh Zayed allocated $100 million to help Egypt rebuild all the governorates of the Suez Canal. This served as a significant momentum in the relations between both countries. Resulting in an entire Egyptian city named after late Sheikh Zayed, in 1976.


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In the 1980s to 1990s Egypt and the UAE signed many documents strengthening their relations

Trade, Economic and Technological Cooperation between the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI), the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in 1988. This agreement aimed to enhance trade exchange and encourage investment.

Secondly, the Egyptian-Emirati Business Council (EEBC) agreement also signed in 1993 to strengthen economic relations between the two countries. Then the 1998 agreement followed, which includes the establishment of a free trade zone between the UAE and Egypt.

Finally, 50 years later to this day, the UAE is Egypt’s biggest investor.

In the 1990s the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed maintained strong relations with Egypt

The late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan escorted by the late Egyptian PM Kamal Ganzuri. Upon his arrival at Cairo airport for an official visit to Egypt in 1997.

The current President of the UAE H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visited Egypt numerous times

The UAE President witnessed the inauguration of various new Egyptian military bases, including the opening of the Mohammed Naguib Military Base in July 2017. As well as the opening of the Berenice base on the Red Sea in January 2020.

His Highness also attended the opening of The ‘3 July’ Naval Base on the Mediterranean coast in 2021. This reflects the strength of Emirati-Egyptian relations in all political, economic and military tracks.

The image below shows the UAE President meeting with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

As WAM reported, “His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan follows the path of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who guided his people to always support Egypt. Today, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi continues to consolidate the Egyptian approach to strengthening the distinguished and solid relations with the UAE at all levels.”

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