Cheyenne, WY (23 May 2017) – United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consul General Abdulla Alsaboosi traveled to Wyoming on his official state visit to meet with local government officials and business leaders to highlight deepening ties between the state and the UAE. During his stay, the Consul General visited Cheyenne, Jackson Hole, and University of Wyoming in Laramie.
While in Cheyenne, he met with the Honorable Matthew Mead, Governor of Wyoming and exchanged perspectives on building a UAE-Wyoming relationship and possible areas of future collaboration and visiting the UAE. In addition, Consul General Alsaboosi met with the Mayor of Cheyenne, Marian Orr and discussed the city of Cheyenne as an important and exciting crossroad well-planned growth. Consul General Alsaboosi met with Leaders in the Wyoming Business Council and discussed trade opportunities. In Jackson Hole, Consul General Alsaboosi met with David Wendt, President of the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs a premier bipartisan think tank in the Rocky Mountain region. They discussed the center's efforts to create economic diversification and climate change leadership opportunities for Wyoming and the world leveraging Jackson Hole's Power of Place to address global issues and developing Wyoming's next generation of leaders in public affairs. Consul General Alsaboosi met with energy leaders in the Jackson Hole area and discussed the UAE's achievements and initiatives that have become icons of the strong will and symbols of excellence under the wise leadership of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE is the US’ largest trading partner in the Middle East region, with bilateral trade totaling $25.73 billion in 2016 remaining the United States’ top export destination for the entire region for the eighth year in a row. Over the past five years, US exports to the UAE grew by 97% close to $25 billion in 2016. Wyoming’s exports came largely in form of chemicals and machinery.
“During my visit to Wyoming, I enjoyed meeting the Governor along with local governments and business leaders,” said Consul General Alsaboosi. “I am excited by the prospect of deepening our relationship across a range of areas, such as energy, innovative technologies, trade and tourism. I enjoyed seeing the wildlife and visiting Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world”.
Consul General Alsaboosi’s visit to Wyoming is part of the Consulate’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among West Coast Americans of the UAE’s role as a reliable partner in the region, and of the increasingly shared values between the UAE and the US. Consul General Alsaboosi plans to visit additional states in the Western Region in the coming months.