UAE Embassy in Canberra celebrates 46th National Day by celebrating strong ties with Australia
"The world has come to realise that the UAE has become an important regional cultural hub-" UAE Ambassador Dr. Obaid Al Hairi Al Ketbi
(Translation appears in Arabic section)
Canberra - M. E. Times Int'l: The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates celebrated the 46th National Day in Canberra with colleagues in the Diplomatic Corps, Australian government officials (including Ms Lyndall Sacks Chief of protocol, of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade), guests and Emiratis.
Speech by Dr. Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi, UAE Ambassador to Australia
On this exceptional occasion we come together to celebrate the extraordinary milestones of the United Arab Emirates since our foundation in 1971. These achievements and milestones are a testament to the vigilant and brilliant leadership of the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the fellow leaders. We pay tribute to, and recognise, the leadership of the UAE in pioneering a model of sustainable improvement, progress and
A portrait of late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with HM Queen
Elizabeth II, was one of the pictures that were put during the celebration
prosperity in the region. That is -- His Highness sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates, his Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashed Vice President, Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince and deputy the supreme commander of UAE arm forces, His Highness sheikh Abdullah Minister of foreign affairs and International corporation.
I would like to acknowledge one of our great accomplishments which are of significant importance and most relevant here. That is the relationship we have with Australia. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two counties in 1997, we have achieved so much to be proud of. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the official diplomatic relations between our two countries. We are partners in the Middle East and our work to diversify economies is setting international benchmarks at all levels.
Ambassador Obaid and a number of embassy staff during the ceremony
Our public diplomacy initiative provides further opportunities to strengthen our relationship with Australia. Our two nations share similar values. We channel the role of law, human rights, multiculturalism, innovation, sustainability and progress and we have joined forces in combating extremism and terrorism in all its many forms throughout our region and around the world. The UAE has been and will continue to play an important role in the international arena. Foreign aid and development assistance represent a cornerstone of UAE foreign policy; the UAE has persistently been ranked the world’s number one donor per GDI for foreign aid in the last three years.
2017 is the year of giving in the UAE and as it comes to a close we’re reflect on the many gestures of giving that we undertook. As a nation continue the generous transition tradition of our founding fathers and realise their vision. The world has come to realise that the UAE has become an important regional cultural hub with the opening of the world renowned Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi. The UAE also has much to look forward to as we approach 2020. Most notably we rejoice and welcoming the year of Zayed in 2018; the year that honours and reaffirm the religion of our founding father, The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
UAE Ambassador receives Ambassador of Egypt Mr Khairat
UAE Ambassador receives greetings from Kuwaiti Ambassador Mr Al Bader
Ambassador of Lebanon Mr Raad (C) with wife Roula and Mr Rizk
UAE Ambassador receives Ambassador of Jordan Mr Kraishan
UAE Ambassador receives Saudi charge d'affaires Mr AlRogi
UAE military attache Brigadier Pilot Tariq Mohammed Al Bannai (C) and
the Chief of protocol Lyndall Sachs and other guests
UAE Ambassador receives Mr Jabbour the head of the
Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce
Part of participants
UAE Ambassador Dr. Obaid AlHiri Al-Ketbi (C) with people who
received an awards of appreciation