The Majlis Blog

The Maجlis: Connecting Cultures through Art

October 28, 2022

By Hessa Al Shuwaihi, Head of Communications and Public Diplomacy, UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C. and Munira Al Sayegh, Founder, Dirwaza Curatorial Lab

The Maجlis: Connecting through Culture

July 14, 2022

The aroma of Arabic coffee clung to the hot summer breeze.

The sound of contemporary Arab music, complemented by the rich notes of the traditional oud, carried across the bustling crowds.

Were it not for the backdrop of the Washington Monument and the US Capitol Building, I would have believed that I had been transported back home to the UAE.

The Maجlis: Connecting through Charity

April 20, 2022

By Dana Al Marashi, Head of Cultural Diplomacy

On Easter, I came across an Instagram post on an initiative organized by a Dubai-based vintage motor scooter club to collect and distribute toys and care packages to children in hospitals throughout the emirate. A local radio station announced it on air and within 48 hours the station and club were overwhelmed with calls asking to participate and donate.

The Maجlis: The UAE’s Commitment to Women’s Empowerment

March 8, 2022

By Amna Binzaal Almheiri, Consul General of the UAE Consulate in New York

In December, I had the privilege to join Forbes and the honorees from their 10th annual 30 Under 30 list to ring the Nasdaq opening bell in celebration of the UAE hosting the inaugural Forbes 30/50 Summit.

The Maجlis: Empowering Young People through Education and Exchange

February 23, 2022

By Mariam Alblooshi, Education and Technology Sciences Attaché

Here in the United States, the spring academic semester is well underway and has brought over 1,000 Emirati students back to study at universities across the country. As the newly appointed Education and Technology Sciences Attaché for the UAE in the US, working with these students as they learn, grow and achieve their educational goals is already a highlight of my post.

The Maجlis: Agents for Peace

September 17, 2021

By Alia Al Suwaidi, Political Section Chief at the UAE Embassy in Washington, and Amit Zarouk, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington.

The distance from the UAE Embassy to the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC is less than a few hundred yards. Yet at this time last year, we may have been “neighbors,” but we were anything but “neighborly.”

The Maجlis: How the UAE Remains Committed to Advancing the Role of Women

August 27, 2021

By H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations

Eight years ago, I left my role as Director of the Policy Planning Department within the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to assume my new post as the UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. I was humbled by the opportunity to represent my country on the global stage and fortunate to have a resourceful team by my side when I settled into my new role.

The Maجlis: 8th US-UAE Economic Policy Dialogue: Shaping a Sustainable Recovery toward a Better Future

June 17, 2021

By Saud Al Nowais, UAE Commercial Attaché 

On 8 June 2021, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States held their eighth Economic Policy Dialogue (EPD) at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, marking the forum’s return to an in-person format.

The Maجlis: Coming Together to Combat COVID-19

May 27, 2021

By Abdulrahman Al Nuaimi, Head of Consular Affairs

The Maجlis: How the Values of Ramadan Mirror the UAE’s Nature of Religious Inclusion

May 5, 2021

By Alia Alsuwaidi, Head of Political Affairs

The month of Ramadan presents a unique opportunity for Muslims around the world to reflect on ourselves and the world around us. This year, the UAE Embassy has endeavored to do just that by launching Ramadan Reflections, a video series where my fellow diplomats and I shared what Ramadan means to us and examined the values and traditions of the holiday.