Founded and established in 2005 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development is an independent philanthropic organization that strives to facilitate public-private funded initiatives to improve the welfare of youth all over the UAE.
The renewal of the annual partnership between Shell and the Emirates Foundation on December 12, 2016 reflects Shell’s commitment to developing UAE youth. In fact, this longstanding partnership between the two organizations dates back to the Emirates Foundation’s inception in 2005, only further proving the global energy leader’s dedication to the Middle Eastern country and their youth. The partnership aligns with Shell’s social investment visions, which include several initiatives ranging in focus, from the maintenance and protection of the environment to the development and promotion of general wellbeing and welfare.
As 2016 marks the conclusion of the 10th year of Shell and the Emirates Foundation’s relationship, the two organizations have decided to continue their focus on the nurturing of UAE youth. To do this, Shell will specifically be supporting various Emirate Foundation initiatives, particularly focused on Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, capacity building and community engagement.
Similar to the Shell and Emirates Foundation partnership, the US and UAE have also established partnerships in the energy category. In 2002, Occidental Petroleum of the US became an official international partner of Dolphin Energy, an Abu Dhabi based energy company. Additionally, ExxonMobil and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) have an established agreement with Abu Dhabi’s Upper Zakum oilfield.
Established partnerships have been the impetus behind the strong bilateral relationship the US and UAE share. From academic and business to energy and health care, the UAE and US have many constructive partnerships that have paved the way for financial benefits, enhanced local capabilities, and groundbreaking innovations in which both countries have profited from. In the US, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has been echoing his support for the establishment and continuation of US-UAE partnerships. In fact, while speaking to the Political Studies students of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Ambassador Otaiba recently acknowledged the UAE as a strong economic partner to the US, as the UAE is the US’ largest export market in the Middle East.