There has been a U.S. presence in the United Arab Emirates since 1971. American saw the need to establish formal diplomatic relations with the UAE and decided to set up a US Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1972. A US ambassador to UAE arrived in 1974. Two years later, in 1976, the United States also opened an Embassy Branch Office in Dubai. This has increased the efficiency and accessibility to services to the public, including assisting residents with US visas, and to consular services for American citizens living and traveling in the region.
The established U.S. Diplomatic Mission to the UAE has opened a political dialogue and has led to strong, enduring strategic relationships between U.S. and U.A.E. government officials; they have a shared commitment towards preserving security and stability in the Middle East and around the world. Today, the UAE is a critical US ally.
“At the UAE’s 43rd National Day on December 2, 2014, UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, unveiled a new public diplomacy program, “United for a Better Future,” which recognizes the close friendship between the UAE and US.”
To know more about UAE-US relations, there is an official Instagram feed of US Embassy #AbuDhabi & Consulate #Dubai, as well as #USAinUAE. The U.S. Embassy to UAE can also be followed on Twitter @USEmbUAE or Facebook, if not through the official embassy website (abudhabi.usembassy.gov) or consulate one (dubai.usconsulate.gov).
Another relationship that is worth noting is the established U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council (usuaebusiness.org) that is committed to the openness of international trade and investment between the two countries. In addition to a shared agenda for political stability, both countries are determined to keep strong business-to-business initiatives that drive their expanding commercial relationship. At present, they are longstanding commercial and economic partners in many fields.
Overall, the UAE and US are close friends and strong allies, with shared interests and common values. Clearly, the two countries are living up to their motto “United for a Better Future.” Detailed stories and a video of their initiatives can be seen at uaeusaunited.com.