The United Arab Emirates and Morocco have strong historical relations in all fields established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, and are experiencing continuous development thanks to the desire of the leaders of the two countries to improve bilateral cooperation. and achieve mutual benefit in various fields to advance this strategic relationship.
The history of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Morocco began in 1974 with the visit of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, to the Kingdom to inaugurate the Abu Regreg Dam accompanied by King Hassan II of Morocco. , and the visit of the Moroccan king to the United Arab Emirates in the same year, to take the partnership between the two countries Since then, it has curved upwards towards more progress and prosperity.
The President of the State, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI, have followed these steps to develop the relations of the two countries in various fields, especially economic and commercial, to achieve common interests. of the two countries. two countries.
The Emirati-Moroccan Joint Committee was established on May 16, 1985 in Rabat, and its first session was held in Abu Dhabi from November 22-24, 1988, under the chairmanship of the foreign ministers of the two countries. in Rabat on June 25 and 26, 2001. While the third session of the UAE-Morocco joint committee was held in February 2004 in Abu Dhabi, and the fourth session was held in Casablanca on July 22 and 23, 2006 .
The UAE has signed more than 12 agreements with Morocco since 1982, covering economic, commercial, technical, agricultural, tourism, health, military, air transport, security and double taxation cooperation, in addition to more than 12 memorandums of cooperation in areas of media exchange, communications, mail, environment, trade, and diplomatic exemptions.
On the economic front, bilateral relations are seeing continued growth in trade rates as the UAE’s imports from Morocco amounted to $151.79 million in 2020, while the value of Morocco’s imports from the UAE rose to $512.62 million in the same year.
81 development projects
Since 1974, the Abu Dhabi Development Fund has financed some 81 development projects with a total value of some 9 billion dirhams. These funds contributed to the support and development of the main sectors, the most important of which are ports, highways, transportation, social development services, educational services, health and housing.
Among the most prominent strategic projects that the Fund has worked to finance in partnership with the Moroccan government are the Tangier-Mediterranean Port project, the Orbit of the Mediterranean Highway, the Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Rabat, the high-speed train, as well such as the construction of a railway station in Casablanca, in addition to the construction of thousands of homes in various Moroccan cities.
In a move that reflects the depth of relations between the two countries, the Minister for Industry and Advanced Technology, the United Arab Emirates Special Envoy for Climate Change, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, met with the Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz and Akhannouch discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries, investment opportunities and joint cooperation in areas that would cement historic brotherhood relations document between the two countries.
In the same context, the president of the Federal National Council, Saqr Ghobash, held an official dialogue session with the president of the Moroccan Council of Advisors, Al Naam Mayara, in Abu Dhabi. The discussions focused on discussing a number of topics. of common interest, in particular the development and activation of parliamentary diplomacy between the two parties.