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Cultural Diplomacy – The Next Fifty

H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash

Assistant Minister for Cultural Affairs

Cultural diplomacy builds bridges of understanding between nations, for the purpose of increased cooperation.

Looking back across a half century of achievement, we see the impact international partnerships in the field of culture have had on global interest in the UAE.

An appreciation has grown around the world for our nation’s future-facing agenda and foundational values as a result of such initiatives as EXPO 2020 Dubai, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Abraham Accords and the UAE Papal visit, amongst many others.

Recently the UAE ranked 11th on the nation brand index, surpassing the US, the UK, Japan and France as a result of our successful handling of Covid-19 and pioneering achievements in science and education such as the successful Emirates Mars Mission.

Today we are busy expanding our networks in the private, public and academic sectors at newly invigorated rates.

We are fostering discovery and innovation. We are cultivating entrepreneurship and investment.

We are also setting an example on the world stage of what a safe, tolerant and inclusive society, defined by smart solutions and opportunity looks like.

In the next fifty years, the UAE will distinguish itself as a trailblazing nation in crucial sectors such as sustainable energy development, science and technology innovation and international aid and development.

We will see cultural diplomacy harnessed in the service of expanding relationships established through mutual respect and friendship over the last first fifty years.

We will see cultural diplomacy engaged to support important participation in the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the development of a robust knowledge economy.

Most importantly, I believe that the same open-mindedness, agility, focus and tolerance which have lead us so far, will continue to define how we encounter the unexpected, seize opportunity and connect with the world, for the next fifty years and beyond.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation