LOS ANGELES, CA (20 October 2014) – United Arab Emirates (UAE) Consul General Abdulla Alsaboosi traveled to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico to meet with local government officials and business leaders and highlight the growing commercial ties between the state and the UAE.
“New Mexico has so much to offer in terms of diversity, culture and natural resources – much like the UAE,” said Consul General Alsaboosi. “From Abu Dhabi’s investments in Spaceport America to Khalifa University’s collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories, there are many signs of the growing relationship between the UAE and New Mexico, and I am excited to find new ways to cooperate and expand this relationship further in the future.”
While in Albuquerque, Consul General Alsaboosi participated in briefings with local business and community leaders. He also spoke at The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management during which students and faculty were able to engage in discussion about the UAE’s alliance with the US and pressing matters in the region. Consul General Alsaboosi also met with New Mexico Economic Development Department officials to discuss opportunities to expand upon the UAE-New Mexico trade relationship.
Trade between the UAE and New Mexico is growing, and in 2013, New Mexico exported $5.4 million in goods to the UAE including electronic components and aircraft parts. This relationship is representative of the larger UAE-US relationship: the UAE has remained the US’ largest trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa for the last five years. In 2013, overall trade between the UAE and US exceeded $26 billion.
The Consul General’s visit to New Mexico is part of the Consulate’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among Americans on the West Coast 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 West Coast cities in the coming months.