Abu Dhabi (WAM)
The UAE and the Kingdom of the Netherlands concluded the activities of the UAE-Dutch Week, which ran from May 30 to June 5, 2021, as part of a series of events that strengthened cultural and knowledge exchange between the two countries. The Emirati-Dutch week came on the occasion of the two countries’ celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between them, as well as the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
The attendees discussed the Dutch participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, where the Netherlands will host a circular climate system in its pavilion focusing on “unifying water, energy and food.” The sessions also discussed various topics, including ways to enhance cooperation in the arts and culture sectors, and enhance food security and energy efficiency. Empowering women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and promoting entrepreneurship and scientific innovation.
Representatives from government agencies from both countries, cultural institutions and youth centers participated in the week, including Omar Seif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural and Public Diplomacy, Dr. Hessa Abdullah Al-Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ludi Embrechts, Dutch Ambassador to the UAE, and Ahmed Abu Taleb. Mayor of Rotterdam, Hans Sandy, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai and Commissioner-General of the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, in addition to a number of dignitaries.
Ghobash said: The UAE-Dutch relationship, which has brought great economic benefits to the two countries, has also brought the two peoples together to exchange two rich cultures. The UAE and the Netherlands firmly believe that by strengthening cultural cooperation, our two countries can benefit from each other’s expertise in many areas. He added, “Expo 2020 Dubai” will serve as a forum through which the UAE and the Netherlands can strengthen one of the pillars of their relationship, including food security. We in the UAE are excited to see what our Dutch partners will present at their pavilion on the circular climate system, which will focus on the resources of Water, energy and food.. The UAE and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have worked hard to achieve food security in a sustainable way, and Expo 2020 Dubai provides opportunities for Dutch agrotechnology companies to expand their participation within the UAE, as well as other target markets.
For his part, Lodi Imbrechts, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UAE, said: The topics we discussed this week – from design to women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and food security – are of great importance to our two countries. We hope that the UAE-Dutch Week will create a platform To discuss opportunities, exchange ideas, think about the future, and increase cooperation between the two countries.. We have two open and diverse societies that focus on innovation, and I look forward to addressing the various issues discussed in coordination with the UAE.