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WASHINGTON, DC (4 March 2013) – Diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, DC Dr. Saghira Al Ahbabi – Second Secretary, Political Department, and Saud Al Nowais – UAE Commercial Counselor recently traveled to Sacramento, California where they met with government officials and business leaders to discuss the growing commercial ties between the state of California and the UAE, and to explore areas for future collaboration. The delegation also met with educators and students at a local high school during their visit.See Full Story.
June 2, 2011 - UAE Embassy, Washington, DC – The Media Department hosted students and staff of the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project for an orientation session on the UAE for their upcoming trip to Dubai. The project, sponsored by the Ibrahim Family Foundation (IFF) and administered by the Institute of the International Education (IIE), enables the group to gain firsthand experience with dialogue efforts in the Middle East. Following the orientation session in Washington, DC, the students will embark on a two-week tour of the Middle East. Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, Head of the Media Department, gave the group a detailed introduction on the UAE and led an open discussion.
May 18, 2011 - UAE Embassy, Washington, DC – The Media Department hosted a reception for a group of professionals and graduate students from the American University Peacebuilding and Development Institute. The multicultural group is participating in the Summer Professional Training program which enables them to achieve a broader perspective on the region. Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, Head of the Media Department, gave the group a detailed introduction on the history of the UAE and showed a video highlighting how the Emirates were formed. The reception was concluded with an open discussion between the group and Embassy staff.
May 11, 2011 - UAE Embassy, Washington, DC – The Media Department hosted students from the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. The group presented Embassy staff with a comprehensive presentation on what they learned from their latest trip to the UAE. Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, Head of the Media Department, gave a brief introduction and led an open discussion. The students are the seventh undergraduate course, 226 students in total, from the University of Maryland, to visit the UAE since the 2009.
April 21, 2011 - UAE Embassy, Washington, DC – The Political Department hosted a luncheon for a group of 100 students from the US Naval Academy. Dr. Alsaghira Alahbabi, Senior Political Officer, led the event with a video and presentation on the UAE, highlighting the fundamental roots, the formation, and Emirati values. Commercial Attaché, Saud Al Nowais, also address the group on economic and trade issues, concluding the event with an open discussion.
April 20, 2011 - UAE Embassy, Washington, DC – The Political Department held a briefing for interns from the National Defense University. The interns, representing universities from across the US, including the NDU’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, received an overview on the history of the UAE in addition to an open discussion with embassy representatives. Topics discussed among the group were regional stability in the Gulf region, the UAE’s role in the global economy, and the UAE’s bilateral relationship with the US.
HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs hosted a reception at the Guggenheim Museum in New York to honor the 65th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The reception was attended by senior government officials and diplomats from member states, UN officials and other prominent members of the New York community. The Guggenheim will open a museum in Abu Dhabi in 2012. Designed by Frank Gehry, it will be the first Guggenheim in the Gulf region.
During remarks at the reception, HH Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of the annual UNGA, thanking his fellow diplomats for their commitment. HH highlighted a few of the UAE’s main endeavors over the last year, including the UAE’s continued commitment to provide foreign aid, strides the UAE is making to develop sources of alternative energy, and the UAE’s efforts to promote regional peace and security. The Foreign Minister stated, “the UAE takes its responsibility to international aid very seriously… is expanding its international role in the energy sector beyond just hydrocarbons… [and] will continue to play an important and constructive role for regional peace and security.”
Earlier in the day HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan delivered his official address before the UN General Assembly.
On July 22, 2010, UAE Embassy officials visited St. Albans school in Washington, DC, where Dr. Al Saghira Al Ahbabi, Mr. Firas Alkhatib, and Ms. Dima Najjar were invited to speak to a group of 15 high school seniors who are participating in a summer program on public policy and international relations. The program also includes a study of the Gulf region, in which the students have focused on the development and rapid growth of the UAE. Dr. Al Ahbabi and Mr. Alkhatib discussed economics, security, the UAE's large non-national labor force, women's issues, and the UAE's renewable energy initiatives. The presentation included a short film on the history and development of the UAE, and concluded with a question and answer session.
Masdar CEO HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, gave remarks to a crowd of MIT alumni. The Masdar Institute, a private research institution located in the UAE, is a joint-venture between MIT and the Government of Abu Dhabi. It aims to be the first educational organization of its kind in the Middle East. HE Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, opened the program while Dima Alfaham, Chief of Staff to Ambassador Al Otaiba, moderated a question and answer session.
On June 8th, 2010, the UAE Embassy's Media section hosted a reception for participants of American University's 10th annual Professional Development Training program in peace building and development. The program provides training to government officials, conflict resolution practitioners, graduate students, and others working in conflict zones. It is specifically designed to bridge the fields of peace building and development through hands-on sessions that explore the relationships between religion, culture, human rights, gender, and the media. Mr. Bader bin Saeed, Head of the Media section, gave the group an in-depth briefing on UAE history, highlighting the late Sheikh Zayed's role as a peace builder in establishing the UAE Federation. He also showed a video highlighting the UAE's rapid development, and answered questions from the group.
On June 4th, 2010, the UAE Embassy's Media section welcomed a group of students participating in the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project, an Institute of International Education program that allows undergraduate students to participate in a summer study tour of three Middle Eastern countries, including the UAE. During the student's visit to the Middle East, they will interact with leaders and organizations who are working to promote dialogue and mutual understanding. The group received a pre-departure briefing from Mr. Bader bin Saeed, Head of the Media Section, who showed a video on the UAE's rapid development and answered questions on the country's culture, politics and history.
On Tuesday, April 6, 2010, the Embassy hosted an informal discussion and lunch with several students from Zayed University in Dubai and their counterparts from the University of Delaware. The two university groups had been video conferencing with one another for the past two years. The group was on a weeklong cultural exchange visit. Their trip included tours of the United Nations, CNN Studios in Columbus Circle, museums and national monuments. They traveled down to Washington, DC visiting more national sites and stopped off at the UAE Embassy for a lunch and discussion with diplomats and staff from different sections. Second Secretary Ms. Fatima Al Mazrouei welcomed the two schools and requested diplomats and embassy staff members to introduce themselves and give a short brief on their roles within the Mission. Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Omar Al Shamsi, Think Tank Attache Dr. Saghira Al Ahbabi, Head of Trade and Commercial Section Saud Al Nowais, and several other staff members mingled among the students providing insight and information on the role of the UAE Embassy in the United States. The students were presented with information material and embassy memorabilia upon leaving to continue their tour of Washington, DC and then up to the University of Delaware. They visited the university campus, listened to a speech from Delaware Senator Ted Kaufman and saw several labs and schools. The Zayed University students left for New York to spend one more day of site seeing before flying home. The trip was an enriching cultural and educational opportunity for the students from Dubai and Delaware.
On Friday, April 2, 2010, the UAE Embassy welcomed a group of female engineering students from Abu Dhabi’s Petroleum Institute. The 14 students and their professor were on a weeklong trip to Washington, DC. They spent much of their time touring US national sites and monuments, studying them from an engineering standpoint. The group also met and collaborated with their counterparts from the University of Maryland. They capped off their trip by inviting University of Maryland students and staff to the embassy for lunch and thank them for their hospitality and new-found partnership. Cultural Section Chief of Staff Mr. Essa Alrumaithi welcomed the group and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to host the event. Mr. Alrumaithi went on to acknowledge the students’ efforts and strong interest in their chosen fields of study and encouraged them to stay focused on their goals. Academic Advisor Mr. Abulbari Alsheharin spoke to the students and urged them to pursue graduate work so they can further contribute to the development of the UAE.
On Monday, March 29th, 2010, the Embassy hosted a group of students from the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah, UAE. The student’s visit to the Embassy was part of an educational trip to the US and Lebanon, which aims to provide the students with an opportunity to learn about the impact of international financial and educational efforts to alleviate poverty and reduce suffering. With the disadvantaged youth in Washington DC as one of their case studies, the students hope to achieve a positive cultural exchange as Emirati youth with their counterparts in the DC area. Mr. Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission, welcomed the group and expressed his appreciation for the student’s interest and desire to further their education. Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, Head of Media Section described the organization of the Embassy’s sections and their roles in the Embassy mission to further UAE–US relations and outreach. Also present were Diplomatic Attaché Khawlah Al Mahmood, Media Section members and Dr. Saghira Al Ahbabi from the Embassy’s Political Section.
On March 26, 2010, a group of students from American University in Washington, DC visited the UAE Embassy as part of a Washington Semester program in Contemporary Islam. Through this exchange program, students meet with activists, ambassadors and other respected figures to gain a better understanding of Muslim approach to peace building, human rights, development, economics, and social justice.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba welcomed the group and engaged the students in a discussion on the importance of “Traveling Without Expectations” as they soon will depart for the Middle East as part of their practicum training. H.E. asked them to leave room for the truly unique experience that awaits them at each country they visit. Dr. Alsaghira Alahbabi, Political Section, provided the students with an overview of the UAE and US-UAE bilateral relations. The visit included a Q & A session.
On Mar. 25th, 2010, The Media Section hosted a group of students from Grand Valley State University who are representing the UAE in the 27th season of National Model Arab League conference. This conference is held on a yearly basis in Washington, DC and hosts students from universities all over the United States. The students take on the role of diplomats to develop an understanding and respect for the UAE and broader Arab World by visualizing issues from an Arab perspective. This program provides a dynamic and interactive educational environment for young Americans, many of whom will go on to have careers in the Middle East, the US government and academia. The embassy has supported this program for several years with the goal of enhancing their knowledge of the UAE.
Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, Head of Media Section and Ms. Khawlah Al Mahmood, Diplomatic Attaché, welcomed the group and provided an overview of the UAE and UAE-US bilateral relations. The visit included a Q & A session which focused on core issues the students will be presenting in the conference, in addition to a video presentation about the UAE.
On March 17th, 2010, the UAE Embassy Media section hosted officials and members of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) to honor the start of the organization’s 49th Annual Government Affairs Conference. The conference brought together editors and reporters of local newspapers from across the United States. Omar Al Shamsi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the embassy addressed the group, stating, “The UAE and the National Newspaper Association share the same understanding in the value of news and its ability to inform, educate and entertain people.” Other speakers included, Bader bin Saeed, Head of UAE Embassy Media Section, Ambassador Dr. Sam Zakhem, former US Ambassador to Bahrain; Cheryl Kaechele, President, NNA and Peter Wagner, Publisher, N'West Iowa Review.
On March 3rd, 2010, a group of students and teachers from St. John's Episcopal School visited the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. The visit came as part of the students' involvement in an upcoming iteration of "Model United Nations (MUN)". The students, having chosen to represent the UAE, came to learn more about the country's history, politics, and ongoing initiatives. Model UN is a recreation of the UN General Assembly where middle and high school students step into roles of Ambassadors from UN member-states to debate current issues on the organization's agenda.
Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, Head of Media Section, and Ms. Khawla Al Mahmood, Administrative Attaché, welcomed the group and provided an overview of the UAE and US-UAE bilateral relations. The visit included a Q & A session, a video presentation about the UAE, and an episode from the UAE comedy cartoon, "Freej".
A delegation consisting of 19 professional MBA participants from the GWU Business School, led by Professor Salah Hassan, Chairman of the Marketing Department, visited the UAE Embassy on December 4th, 2009. The visit was part of the pre-travel program for GW Business School’s upcoming third international business residency visit to the UAE in January 2010. The GW students were given an overview on UAE history, politics, culture and society, and economy and business through a video presentation and briefings by Bader Bin Saeed, Head of the Media Section, and Mr. Talal Kaissi, Deputy Commercial Attaché.
A group of students from Montgomery College visited the Embassy on December 3rd, 2009. The visit was part of the continuous efforts of the media section to reach out to the educational community in Virginia, DC, and Maryland. Ms. Khawla Al Mahmoud, the Administrative Attaché, welcomed the group and briefed them on the role of women in the UAE. The visit ended with a Q&A session, a video presentation about the UAE, and a briefing by the Head of the Media Section, Bader Bin Saeed.
A team from the UAE Embassy's media section visited Beech Tree Elementary School on November 24th, 2009. The visit is part of the “Kids Informative Program” designed to introduce elementary school students in Fairfax County, Virginia to the UAE. The program uses the work of UAE Cartoonist “Freej” as an entertaining and informative tool to educate students about UAE culture. Head of the Media Section, Bader Bin Saeed, also answered questions from the students. The program will later be expanded to cover more elementary schools in Fairfax County. Two hundred and twenty five students, the head of the Arabic section at the school, eight teachers and the school’s principal, Ms. Terry Philips, attended the event.
On October 23rd, 2009, the Embassy welcomed a group of students from Spring Brook High School in Maryland for a briefing on the UAE. The visit served as a supplementary activity to the students' Arabic language program. Mr. Bader bin Saeed and Ms. Khawla Mahmood, Head of the Media Section and Administrative Attache, discussed key elements of the UAE's history and development. The students wrapped up their visit with souvenir gifts and photos from the Embassy.
On October 13th, 2009, the embassy hosted a dinner for a group of high achieving students from elementary, middle, and high schools from all over the United States. The students were participating in the "People to People Student Ambassador Program." Mr. Bader bin Saeed, Head of the Media Section, welcomed the students, provided them with an overview of the UAE and answered questions. Students watched an episode of the UAE comedy cartoon "Freej" to introduce the UAE's culture in an entertaining manner.
On September 29th, senior diplomats welcomed a group of foreign policy bloggers to the Embassy for a presentation on the history and growth of the United Arab Emirates. The bloggers, in Washington as part of an educational program organized by the Middle East Institute, engaged with their hosts in an informal discussion of UAE policy and other matters of mutual interest.
The US-UAE Business Council welcomed the UAE Embassy’s new Commercial Attaché, Saud Hassan Al Nowais. At the meeting, Mr. Al Nowais provided an overview of the expanded UAE Trade Office. The event attracted more than 100 business executives and political leaders from the Washington, DC area.
Danny Sebright, president of the US-UAE Business Council, welcomed Mr. Al Nowais and highlighted the importance the expanded trade office will have on the growing US-UAE commercial relationship.
On July 13th, the UAE Embassy met with students from The Protocol School of Washington. Embassy diplomats briefed the group on the functions and role of the different sections in the Embassy and provided an overview of the UAE and its policies. The visit came as part of a cooperative program between the Embassy and The Protocol School of Washington to promote greater knowledge of the UAE, understanding of the US-UAE relationship, and interaction between the students and UAE diplomats.
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In June the UAE Embassy hosted a group of high school teachers and administrators participating in the Summer Institute of International Affairs sponsored by the World Affairs Council in Washington DC. Embassy diplomat Dr. Al Saghira Al Ahbabi gave a presentation on the UAE covering the country's educational system, recent reforms, and major partnerships with the United States. She also discussed the UAE's clean energy Initiative, called Masdar, and the nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States.
The UAE Embassy hosted a dinner for students and faculty from American University’s (AU) School of International Service and Center for International Peace & Conflict Resolution. During the dinner, Mr. Bader Bin Saeed, head of the Embassy’s Media Section, briefed the scholars on the UAE’s role as a source of stability in the region, and on the charitable initiatives the UAE is carrying out world-wide.
The International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program began in the 1980’s as the result of an initiative by the students in AU’s School of International Service, who asked for the creation of a program in peace and conflict resolution studies.
The UAE Embassy sponsored the Healthy Kidney 10K, benefiting the National Kidney Foundation. Officials from the Embassy, the UAE Mission to the UN, and the UAE Armed Forces Officers’ Club joined runners in New York City’s Central Park.See Full Story.
His Excellency Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, recently met with US foreign policy experts and journalists at a briefing hosted by the Nixon Center. The senior diplomats discussed the UAE’s perspective on regional security issues, including Iran, Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ambassador Al Otaiba and Minister Gargash also discussed the UAE’s proposed civilian nuclear energy program, and the program’s approach to transparency and nonproliferation.
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