Message from the Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Arab Emirates
The U.A.E has been a strong economic partner and strategic ally for the United States for decades. We continue to work together to ensure the safety of our citizens and stability in the region. AmCham Abu Dhabi's role in building a robust commercial relationship has been critical. I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to AmCham Abu Dhabi and its members for their hard work to strengthen and expand the U.S.-U.A.E commercial relationship.
With over $24 billion in two-way trade, the UAE continues to be America's top export market in the Middle East Africa region for the 11th year in a row. And, at $26.7 billion in foreign direct investment stock, the U.A.E is the largest source of investment in the United States from the Arab world. As a trading hub, the U.A.E continues to be an important strategic partner in ensuring the free flow of commerce through the Gulf region, which is of global interest. As the U.A.E transitions from an oil-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, the United States and the U.A.E continue to work together to develop new technologies and train future leaders on everything from artificial intelligence to healthcare and food security.
AmCham Abu Dhabi has worked with us on countless trade missions, high-level visits and marquee trade events to elevate the U.S. presence in the market. It consistently pulls the business community together to discuss challenges in the market and propose solutions to our partners. AmCham Abu Dhabi has become an invaluable resource for U.S. companies looking to expand into the U.A.E and the broader region and its leadership is critical to the U.S. Mission and the U.A.E.
Looking ahead, as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am confident AmCham Abu Dhabi will continue to lead the business community to provide essential feedback to the U.A.E government and suggest innovative policy solutions to the U.A.E government to help it to reach its vision.
I am proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to working closely with AmCham Abu Dhabi to foster closer cooperation between our two countries.
Ambassador of The United States of America
to the United Arab Emirates