Two pioneering countries in the post-pandemic era
A senior envoy said that the UAE and Korea will become more important "miracles of the future" partners in the next 50 years.
The South Korean ambassador to the UAE, Kwon Youngwoo, expressed his confidence and optimism about the bright future of the UAE.
"I am absolutely convinced that 'impossible is possible' for the UAE," he said in a video message marking the Korean National Day online.
Notably, both countries share a common vision of becoming leading countries in the post-pandemic era and making significant contributions to solving global issues.
"Over the past half century, Korea and the UAE have overcome countless adversities to achieve the 'Miracle on the Han River' and 'The Miracle of the Desert', respectively, to help each other out as indispensable partners."
Yonggu expressed his confidence that the two countries will become "more important partners, as they join forces to achieve 'miracles of the future' for common prosperity."
He noted that the relationship between the UAE and South Korea has developed through "extensive and in-depth cooperation" in several areas, including national defense, the nuclear power plant project, and the establishment of a "special strategic partnership" in 2018.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Youth, praised the bilateral relations between the two countries.
"Over time, special strategic relations have grown stronger in various fields," the minister said.
Al-Kaabi said of the successful partnership at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant, which she described as a "turning point in the history" of bilateral relations. It also highlighted the opening of the Korean Cultural Center in Abu Dhabi, a branch of the "King Sejong Institute" at Zayed University.
“Contemporary Korean culture has been met with great interest and enthusiasm by Emirati youth,” Al Kaabi said.
The minister added that the UAE includes 13,000 South Korean expatriates and receives more than 200,000 visitors annually.
The Korean community in the country has also made investments in more than 1,000 companies in various fields.
While the South Korean Embassy and the Korean Cultural Center organized a month-long festival, which began on Wednesday and will run until November 12.
The festival was organized as part of Expo 2020 Dubai and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates.