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United Arab Emirates

Relations between Brazil and the UAE were formally established in 1974. The Embassy of Brazil in Abu Dhabi was installed in 1978. In 1991, the Emirates installed their Embassy in Brasília, the first in Latin America.

From 2000 on, bilateral relations have evolved rapidly both in their economic and political aspects, a process driven by the high density of official visits from both parties (including at the highest hierarchical levels). In December 2003, President Lula officially visited the UAE with a delegation of businessmen and government officials. Vice-President Michel Temer visited the UAE in 2013, leading of a large business delegation. In 2014, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum (Vice-President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the UAE and Emir of Dubai) visited Brazil and signed a cooperation agreement in the field of defense, the first of this kind signed by Brazil with a middle eastern country.

The UAE are currently an important trading post, a logistics hub and a business center. Today, approximately 30 Brazilian companies have commercial offices in the country, using it as an export platform in the region. The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX-Brazil) keeps an office in Jebel Ali (a free-trade zone of Dubai) to assist Brazilian companies wishing to establish themselves in the Emirates.

Trade between Brazil and the UAE has experienced continuous and expressive growth in this period. From 2008 on, the UAE became the second largest middle eastern partner of Brazil in terms of amount of bilateral exchange, after Saudi Arabia. Total trade with the UAE, which in 2000 amounted to US$ 300 million, reached US$ 3 billion in 2015, with a Brazilian surplus of around US$ 2 billion. Bilateral investments have also been playing an increasingly important role, boosting the development of both countries. The stock of emirate investments in Brazil is approximately US $ 5 billion.

Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1978 – Opening of the Brazilian Embassy in Abu Dhabi

1988 – Signing of the Agreement on Economic, Commercial, Industrial, Technologic and Financial Cooperation

1991 – Opening of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Brasília

2000 – Secretary General of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Osmar Chohfi, visits the United Arab Emirates (September)

2003 – Visit of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the United Arab Emirates (December)

2007 – Emirates Airline starts direct flights between Dubai and São Paulo

2008 - Opening of Representative Office of the Bank of Brazil in Dubai (May)

2009 – The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Abdallah Bin Zayed al Nahyan visits Brazil (Manaus, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) (October). Official dinner with Ministry Celso Amorim in Brasilia

2010 – Visit of the Minister of Defense, Nelson Jobim, to the UAE. The Minister of Defense meets the Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, General Hamed Thani al Romaithy, with all the Military High Command of the UAE, and, afterwards, with the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Crown Prince of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed al Nahyan, (September 18-21)

2010 – Visit of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Miguel Jorge, to Abu Dhabi, accompanied by a business delegation of 100 business persons (December 5)

2011 – 1st Brazil-UAE joint committee meeting is held in Brasilia. The Emirati delegation is headed by Ambassador Khalid al Ghaith, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, and the Brazilian delegation by the Undersecretary General for Africa and the Middle East, Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro (May 11-12)

2012Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayed al Nahyan travels on an official visit to Brasilia. Official lunch is hosted by Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota (March 16)

2012 – 2nd Brazil-UAE joint committee meeting is held in Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian delegation is headed by the Political Undersecretary General for Africa and the Middle East, Ambassador Paulo Cordeiro (November)

2013 – Brazilian commercial mission, headed by the Secretary of Commerce and Services of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, with 70 members, attends the 3rd Annual Investment Meeting in Dubai (April 30 - May 2)

2013 – The Minister of Economy of the UAE, Sultan al Mansouri, visits São Paulo, leading an entourage with 20 business persons and high-level government officials from his country

2013The Vice-president of the Republic, Congressman Michel Temer, visits the United Arab Emirates and is received, in separate meetings, by the Vice-President and Prime-Minister of the UAU, Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum and by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed al Nahyan (November 10-12)

2013 – Minister-Chief of the Secretariat for Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, Marcelo Neri, attends the World Economic Forum in Abu Dhabi (November 15-20)

2014Official visit of the Vice-President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai, (HRH) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, to Brasilia, accompanied by delegation. The Emirati delegation held a working meeting with the Vice President and the Foreign Minister at the Itamaraty Palace, and was received for a meeting by the President of The Republic at Planalto Palace. On the occasion, a bilateral agreement on defense cooperation was signed (April 22)

2014 – Signing of the Bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on Sport Cooperation, in Abu Dhabi (January 8)

2014 – The Minister of Agriculture, Neri Geller, visits the United Arab Emirates. The Minister attends the inauguration ceremony of the BRF plant in Abu Dhabi and meets with the Minister of Environment and Water of the UAE (also responsible for agricultural affairs) (November 26)

2015 – The UAE Minister of Energy, Suhail al Mazrouei represents the Government of his country in the presidential inauguration, on January 1st, in Brasilia. On the next day he is received, in separate meetings, in the Ministry of Defense and by the Minister of Mines and Energy (January 1-2)

2015 – The Minister of the Environment and Water Resources of the UAE, Rashid bin Fahad, travels to Rio de Janeiro for an official visit (January 31 to February 3)

2015 – The Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Kátia Abreu, visits the United Arab Emirates. The Minister  meets with authorities of the ADIA Sovereign Fund and visits the BR Foods plant in Abu Dhabi (November 10-12)

2017Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (Brasilia, March 16; São Paulo, March 21)

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