The United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba advances several cross-cultural initiatives designed to improve understanding between the two countries on a fundamental level. From popular entertainment to literature, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and his colleagues promote the exchange of art and ideas between different cultures and languages. To this end, the Abu Dhabi nonprofit Kalima, in conjunction with the Embassy of the UAE in Washington, D.C., is sponsoring an ongoing translation, publication, and distribution initiative to bring classic American books to readers of the Arabic language in the UAE and elsewhere in the world. Kalima, which means “word” in Arabic, was founded to meet Arabic readers’ growing interest in classic and modern literature from other languages and cultures—books that are not often readily available. Since then, Kalima has selected, translated, and published several titles, ranging from great works of literature to best-selling business volumes. Additionally, Kalima recently sponsored the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Over the last five years, His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America, has helped arrange meetings between economic interests in the United States and the U.A.E. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s efforts have led to the creation of trade agreements between entities in the two countries.
Companies from the U.A.E. have participated in several business events in the United States in 2013. In May, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its Group of Companies attended the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas, for the third straight year. ADNOC brought a state-of-the-art booth to the conference, seeking to highlight its future goals as well as the heritage of the U.A.E.
ADNOC executives also gave several presentations at OTC and the events surrounding it. They discussed the plans of the U.A.E. to up oil production by nearly a million barrels per day and to continue to seek business opportunities with American companies. ADNOC’s OTC booth drew close to 30,000 visitors overall, including more than 1,500 who applied for jobs with the company.
A delegation of business leaders from the emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently traveled to the United States to discuss business opportunities between the UAE and the United States. Dubbed “the Sharjah Roadshow,” the delegation visited Washington, DC, and New York City, and met with both US executives and government officials. In addition to opening up talks on the possibility of mutually beneficial commercial endeavors between the two nations, the road show served to strengthen UAE-US relations and promote the many cultural offerings of Sharjah. Shurooq, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, organized the trip, which included representatives from over 20 organizations, both private and governmental. Among the delegates was the Chairman of the Sharjah Media Centre Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qassimi, who headed the delegation.
One key investment sector discussed during the four-day visit was Sharjah’s booming hospitality industry, which is expected to continue growing in demand and revenue through at least 2016. Shurooq analysts estimate that the hotel industry will grow in demand by 6.2 percent from 2012 to 2016, while demand for high-class eating establishments and restaurants catering to Eastern European tourists continues to grow. The road show is indicative of the strong trade and investment relations between the United States and the UAE, which has seen the number of US businesses in Sharjah reach 300 in recent years.
For almost two decades, a team of creative specialists has worked to develop the budding film industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Not only can the UAE provide magnificent scenery for location shooting, but it also boasts cutting-edge production facilities and media infrastructure comparable to the best available in any major film center.
While art has long been an important component of UAE culture, the government has been quick to realize that partnerships are key in today’s global economy. To that end, collaboration in both media production and the creation of content is encouraged through joint ventures and media zones, such as Dubai Studio City and twofour54 in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE has assembled the Abu Dhabi Film Commission and the Dubai Film and TV Commission to facilitate the production of foreign projects. UAE film and media professionals work with internationally known entities such as National Geographic and Hyde Park Entertainment to develop world-class projects. UAE production companies have been involved in major film hits such as Contagion and The Help.
For film and media professionals looking to showcase their work globally, the UAE’s industry-recognized Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Film Festivals provide prominent venues.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba