United Arab Emirates (UAE), United States (U.S.), and Canada (October 21, 2020) – The Canada-UAE Business Council (CUBC) hosted a dialogue between the UAE Ambassador to the U.S., and leaders from Canada and the UAE, via videoconference, on October 21, 2020.
The event brought together leading figures, including Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba; UAE Ambassador to Canada H.E. Fahad Saeed Al Raqbani; Canadian Ambassador to the UAE H.E. Marcy Grossman; and CUBC Co-chair and Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, The Honourable Jean Charest.
Ambassador Al Otaiba outlined the UAE’s strategic vision that led to the achievement of the historic accord, and its foundation which is grounded in His Highness Sheikh Zayed’s core principles of inclusion and diversity that have been part of the Emirati DNA since the UAE’s founding 50 years ago. He also detailed the UAE’s important role in taking meaningful steps to speak out against extremism in order to promote peace and prosperity to the Middle East.
Ambassador Al Raqbani discussed with HE Al Otaiba the timing and significance of normalization for the region and the inspiration it could serve for the region’s youth, entrepreneurs and the global community. They discussed the Strategic Agenda for the Middle East that is outlined in the Accords and highlighted collaborative initiatives including direct flights, visa-free travel, and kosher certifications, that the two countries are already undertaking.