“Today, we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of unification of the 7 Emirates”
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“Today, we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of unification of the 7 Emirates”
  • By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik, Editor Kevin Lee
  • 승인 2021.12.03 17:59
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States Amb. Al Nuaimi of the UAE at a gala reception in Seoul

By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik, Editor Kevin Lee

Ambassador Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the United Arab Emirates in Seoul said, “Today we are here to celebrate a very special event in my country, United Arab Emirates. It is the Golden Jubilee of the unification of the seven Emirates in 1971.”

President Moon Jae-in (right) and UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan shake hands with each other at their Summit meeting in Seoul on Feb. 27, 2019.
President Moon Jae-in (right) and UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan shake hands with each other at their Summit meeting in Seoul on Feb. 27, 2019.

Speaking to the guests at a gala reception he hosted at Hotel Shill in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2021 in celebration of one of the most auspicious occasions of his country, Ambassador Al Nuaimi then added, “Over the past 50 years, the UAE has made remarkable achievements in all fields thanks to the vision laid by the founding father Sheikh Zayed and his fellow members of the Federal Supreme Council.” (See details of his speech at the end of this report.)
The reception was one of the best-attended diplomatic functions in the last two years of COVID-19 padenic. Ambassadors and madams of many countries were present expressing congratualtions to the host.

President Moon Jae-in (left) of South Korea received His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces at the Blue House in Seoul  on 27, Feb, 2019
President Moon Jae-in (left) of South Korea received His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces at the Blue House in Seoul on 27, Feb, 2019

In a rare example, the spacious Dynasty Ballroom of Hotel Shilla that evening was one, in an infrequent example, with all its partitions completely removed—making it a one big open ballroom!
Obviously to insure maximum safety from the COVID-19 woes, each table was completely partitioned with transparent barriers so that the guests could be safe even conversing with each other and one another.
Braving the still lingering worries about COVID-19, presence of the guests was literally unprecedented with most of the tables fully occupied by the guests. A good number of the 117 ambasadors accredited to Korea appeared to be present, many of them with their spouses, and a larger number of VIP geusts from the business and various other segmenets of Korean socierty as well as from the government.

Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE and Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Sung-wook of Korea (14th and 13th from left, front row) pose with ambassadors from foreign embassies in Seoul and other dignitaries at the reception to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the UAE held at Hotel Shilla in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2021.

They included Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Sung-wook of the Korean government and representatives from various segments of Korean society and inernational organizations. The guests included Chairman Byun Jun-hyun of Vision Power, CEO Fred Minn of Nami Island, and representatives from Hanwha, Korea Aerospace Industires, LIG Nex1, KITA, KAIF, KNOC, KEPCO, KHIDI, Severance Hospital, EO System, and many other busienss and public organizaions.
The celebration began with the solemn presentation of the National anthems of Korea and the UAE, which was followed by presentation of cultural performances.

Ambassasdor Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE (right) greets Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Sung-wook of Korea at the entrance of the reception hall at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.

Welcome songs were presented by beautiful Korean women singers all clad in colorul traditional costumes of the UAE, which significantly attracted the approving response from the guests.
Another striking feature of the reception was the presentation of the history and culture of the UAE through video images shown on all large screens on the stage and also on both sides. They were so well presented that the guests could ampbly and easily grasp the history and culture of the UAE and her relations and friendship with the neiboring countries and also those located far beyond.

Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE gives a welcoming speech at Hotel Shilla in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2021.

About 300 guests, including ambassadors of various countries of the world as well as the leaders of the Korean government and various other segments of society in Korea, attended the gala event.
In celebration of the auspicious occasion, Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Sung-wook of Korea said in a congratulatory speech, “Korea and the UAE have so far kept a close economic and business cooperation and the two countries should promote such favorable bilateral ties in the future.”

Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Sung-wook of Korea delivers a congratulatory speech at Hotel Shilla in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2021.

The UAE is a federation of seven emirates and is the gateway to the Middle East as well as the international aviation hub country. The UAE has been chosen as the best country for young Arab people to live in for nine consecutive years (according to Arab Youth Survey) for the reasons of its open economic system and the culture of tolerance.

President Moon Jae-in (left) holds talks with UAE Prime Minister and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, in Dubai on March 27.
President Moon Jae-in (left) holds talks with UAE Prime Minister and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, in Dubai on March 27.

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, according to the Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs sources, the UAE has set an example of “humanitarian solidarity” by providing medical and food supplies to over 70 countries such as Africa, Central Asia, European countries, as well as neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

President Moon Jae-in (third from left) applauds with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of UAE (second from right) at the No. 1 nuclear power plant in Baraka on March 26, 2018.
President Moon Jae-in (third from left) applauds with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of UAE (second from right) at the No. 1 nuclear power plant in Baraka on March 26, 2018.

In particular, 2020 was a meaningful year which marked the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and UAE. Korea has a “special strategic partnership” only with UAE among Middle Eastern and African countries. And the partnership is developing to a mature stage, befitting 41 years of relations.

President Moon Jae-in (5th from right, front row), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (4th from right, front row) pose with Korean and UAE officials in front of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Barakah, Abu Dhabi, Mar 26, 2018
President Moon Jae-in (5th from right, front row), Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (4th from right, front row) pose with Korean and UAE officials in front of the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant in Barakah, Abu Dhabi, Mar 26, 2018

In addition to cooperation in diplomacy, defense, and energy based on solid friendship and confidence between leaders, Korea and the UAE have recently been working closely in public health sector to respond to the COVID-19 together.

President Moon Jae-in (left) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi walk toward the venue of a welcoming event for the crown prince at Cheong Wa Dae, Wednesday. The welcoming ceremony was followed by a summit where the two leaders vowed to expand economic cooperation.
President Moon Jae-in (left) and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi walk toward the venue of a welcoming event for the crown prince at Cheong Wa Dae, Wednesday. The welcoming ceremony was followed by a summit where the two leaders vowed to expand economic cooperation.

The UAE has the largest Korean community (about 13,000 people) in the African and Middle Eastern countries. And the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in Abu Dhabi, the only one in the Gulf region, is organizing various programs for cultural exchange to bring the citizens of Korea and the UAE closer together to their hearts.

President Moon Jae-in (right) meets Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Abu Dhabi, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, at Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 9. (Cheong Wa Dae)
President Moon Jae-in (right) meets Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Abu Dhabi, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, at Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 9. (Cheong Wa Dae)

Korea and the UAE designated last year (2020) as the “Year of Cultural Dialogue,” but considering the difficulties under the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the two countries have decided to extend the period to the following year so that all the related events could be held more properly.

President Moon Jae-in (3rd from right) poses with Chairman Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Abu Dhabi of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi (3rd from left), Ambassador Abdulla Saif Alnuaimi of the UAE in Seoul (second from left) and other Korean and UAE officials at Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 9. Chief Presidential Secretary Im Jong-seok is seen second from right.
President Moon Jae-in (3rd from right) poses with Chairman Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Abu Dhabi of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi (3rd from left), Ambassador Abdulla Saif Alnuaimi of the UAE in Seoul (second from left) and other Korean and UAE officials at Cheong Wa Dae on Jan. 9. Chief Presidential Secretary Im Jong-seok is seen second from right.

Korea and the UAE are expected to stay vigilant and cooperate together to curb the spread of infection of COVID-19 pandemic. Even in the midst of changes in international order due to COVID-19 pandemic, Korea and the UAE are working side by side more firmly to develop the win-win cooperation between them.

President Moon Jae-in (front row, fourth from R) poses for a group picture in a South Korea-UAE business forum, held in Dubai on March 27, 2018.
President Moon Jae-in (front row, fourth from R) poses for a group picture in a South Korea-UAE business forum, held in Dubai on March 27, 2018.

Degtails of the speech of Ambassador Al-Nuaimi:
Today we are here to celebrate a very special event in my country, United Arab Emirates. It is the Golden Jubilee of the unification of the seven Emirates in 1971. 
Over the past 50 years, the UAE has made remarkable achievements in all fields thanks to the vision laid by the founding father Sheikh Zayed and his fellow members of the Federal Supreme Council.

Ambassador Al Nuaimi of the UAE (11th from left) poses with Korean government leaders, ambassadors and defense attaches.
Ambassador Al Nuaimi of the UAE (11th from left) poses with Korean government leaders, ambassadors and defense attaches.

The journey has continued with energy and determination under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
Backed by these solid successes, today the UAE stands as one of the most competitive countries around the world in many aspects.
The UAE looks forward to the future for the sake of the next generation both nationally and globally. 
In line with auspicious event, the UAE launched a new round of strategic projects called "Projects of the 50" to lead the next era of domestic and international growth.

Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE (right) greets Publisher and Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media at the entrance of the reception hall at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.

The projects provide a momentum for investment in the digital economy, as well as sectors based on artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution. 
Distinguished guests,
As it turns toward the next 50 years of its diplomatic engagement, the UAE will continue building its foreign policy on a number of well-established principles.

Winners of the Lucky Drawing Event take a commemorative photo after receiving two-way tickets to Dubai at the reception held at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.

The UAE will increasingly seek to strengthen its role as an active member of the international community, especially as it has been elected as a member of the UN Security Council and the UN Human Rights Council as well as the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). 
It will persistently promote de-escalation and dialogue to address conflicts in the region and around the world.

Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE (right) greets Managing Editor Kevin Lee of The Korea Post media at the entrance of the reception hall at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.
Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE (right) greets Managing Editor Kevin Lee of The Korea Post media at the entrance of the reception hall at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.

The UAE will advocate openness, tolerance, good neighborliness and peaceful coexistence as well as provision of humanitarian aid and empowerment of women. 
At the bilateral levels, the UAE will focus on cementing its partnerships and friendly ties with other nations across the globe.

Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE (right) greets Deputy Editor Sung Jung-wook of The Korea Post media at the entrance of the reception hall at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.
Amb. Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi of the UAE (right) greets Deputy Editor Sung Jung-wook of The Korea Post media at the entrance of the reception hall at Hotel Shilla in Seoul.

Ladies and gentlemen,
As the UAE's relations with the friendly Republic of Korea are concerned, the ties have witnessed significant progress over the recent years. The bilateral cooperation has been expanded and diversified. 
As a result, the relations had been elevated to “Special Strategic Partnership” in 2018 thanks to the resolve of our leaders.

A giant ice scripture marking the 50th national day of the UAE.
A giant ice scripture marking the 50th national day of the UAE.

For the coming years, this strategic partnership will allow the two sides to further strengthen their current diversified exchanges and expand it to new areas. 
Again, thanks to all of you for your participation in this special event. 
I hope that this gathering will be a step forward in the efforts to get back to our normal lives for the post Covid-19 era.  
Thank you.

​​ A performance team plays Korean folk music.
​​ A performance team plays Korean folk music.
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The Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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Wide picture of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi in the evening.
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