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Amid Arab Spring, A Road Map Exists for US Economic Ties

With traditional US alliances shifting and some Middle East economies in turmoil in the wake of the Arab Spring, Danny Sebright, president of the US-UAE Business Council, argues the bilateral economic relationship between the US and UAE could be a road map.
Al Bahar Towers are seen in Abu Dhabi, September 11, 2012. A particular feature of the building is the "Mashrabiya" a unique, dynamic solar shading system made up of individual units designed to open and close during the course of each day in response to the movement of the sun. REUTERS/Ben Job (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)

Senior government and business officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will gather in Washington this week for two independent events underpinning the robust US-UAE strategic relationship. On Thursday the second installment of the US-UAE “Economic Policy Dialogue” (EPD) meeting will take place. This meeting will facilitate government-to-government collaboration to promote trade and discuss economic policy. The second event, Dubai’s Emirates Airline’s expansion of nonstop flights from the UAE to Washington's Dulles international, will occur over the course of Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 12-13) and involve private and public events designed to show case the close business and economic partnership between our two countries.

Both of these events highlight the evolution of the US-UAE economic relationship and the deepening connections between the two countries.  While the UAE has not been immune from the calls for political reform in the Middle East, it is also a model for stability and a centerpiece for US interests in the region.

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