More information about the United Arab Emirates is available on the United Arab Emirates Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
U.S.-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RELATIONS
The United States has had friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) since 1971, following its formation and independence from the United Kingdom. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The U.A.E. plays an influential role in the Middle East, and is a key partner for the United States. The United States and the U.A.E. enjoy strong bilateral cooperation on a full range of issues including defense, non-proliferation, trade, law enforcement, energy policy, and cultural exchange. The two countries work together to promote peace and security, support economic growth, and improve educational opportunities in the region and around the world.
U.S. Assistance to the United Arab Emirates
The United States provides Export and Border Security (EXBS) assistance to the U.A.E.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The prosperity of the U.A.E. is based in large part on the country’s vast oil and gas reserves. It is the United States’ single largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa region, and more than 1,000 U.S. firms operate in the country. Many more U.S. companies, drawn by strong logistics and transport industries, use the U.A.E. as a regional headquarters from which to conduct business throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia.
The United Arab Emirates’ Membership in International Organizations
The U.A.E. and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
The Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates is John Rakolta Jr.; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
The United Arab Emirates maintains an embassy in the United States at 3522 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008 (tel. 202-243-2400).
More information about the United Arab Emirates is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: