"I was delighted so many friends of the UAE were able to join us to celebrate our 39th National Day, despite the bitterly cold weather...2010 has been a landmark year in the relationship between our two countries, culminating in HM The Queen’s State Visit to the UAE. Our bilateral relations are exceptionally strong right now and we aim to build on that firm foundation in the year ahead."

HE Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee, UAE Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary to the UK and Ambassador to Iceland, 2 December 2010

"The British government is committed to a relationship with the United Arab Emirates that is based on friendship, trust and equal partnership. I am confident that this Declaration [reaffirming the 1971 Treaty of Friendship between the UK and the UAE] will usher in a future in our relations that is yet more glowing and successful, to the benefit of our all citizens."

Rt Hon William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary, 25 November 2010

"UAEU has an important role to play in the future prosperity of the nation. It can only achieve this through expansion of its research mission and through mutually beneficial partnerships with world-class institutions. I am delighted at the prospect of these ambitions being substantially strengthened by this alliance with the University of Cambridge that also reflects and reinforces the UAE's unique relationship with the United Kingdom."

HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mabarak Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of UAEU, 25 November 2010

"I want to praise the vision and value of Masdar in Abu Dhabi. Masdar shows a remarkable commitment to research and development, education, financing and implementation of clean energy solutions. The world is taking notice of the momentum building in Abu Dhabi for its leadership in sustainable development and the advancements in clean energy technology".

Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Former British Foreign Secretary, 10 November 2010



"The UK is a valuable trade partner of the UAE and we see great potential in developing business opportunities and attracting companies from the UK."
Mr Malcolm Wall Morris, CEO of the  Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, 7 July 2010
"The deep friendship between the UK and the UAE is based on a unique, shared history and common interests. But even more important than these is our common future. We are committed to strengthening our cooperation on defence and security, as long-standing friends with shared vital interests. Also, with so many important business relationships and investments in both our countries, we both want to build and develop our economic ties."
Rt Hon David Cameron MP,
12 June 2010
"The UK is a long-standing friend and partner of the UAE. We value those historic links. But the future of our relationship is based on partnership across the full scope of government-to-government co-operation ranging from defence, bilateral trade, investment, tourism, education, culture, sport and beyond."
Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, Britain's Defence Minister, 7 June 2010
"The UAE is amongst the UK's largest export market world-wide, and the largest in the Middle East region. Hundreds of UK companies are well established in Dubai serving most of the major sectors... We at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) would like to strengthen the investment relationship with the UK companies and are committed to keeping this relationship as relevant today as it ever was."
HE Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, 11 March 2010
"Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone have played a crucial role in facilitating the growth of British businesses both in the UAE and across the region. The UK is an important partner in our global business operations."
Mohammed Sharaf, Chief Executive Officer, DP World, 10 March 2010
"The UK and the UAE are committed to increasing bilateral trade to £12.5 billion by 2015, a 60 per cent rise on current levels. Abu Dhabi’s position as a cultural hub in the region means opportunities for British companies."
Rt Hon Lord Mandelson,
15 February 2010
"The London Gateway is a significant foreign investment into the UK. It is a massive vote of confidence in the UK’s economic recovery and in this region."
Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP,
5 January 2010
"We treasure our continuously expanding relations with the United Kingdom. As the UK’s largest trading partner in the Middle East, I would like to assure you that the UAE continues to maintain an environment conductive to business growth and excellence."
Sheika Lubna, Minister of Economy,
December 2008

"The UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular have become a global success story, a demonstration to the world of what can be possible in the Middle East. A model of openness: business-friendly, tolerant, peaceful and responsible… Our shared history is a unique relationship of which we in the UK are intensely proud."
Rt Hon David Miliband MP,
24 November 2008

"Britain is proud of its close and historic relationships with Abu Dhabi and with the whole of the Gulf. Trade was the initial spur of our relationship, but as our knowledge of the region has deepened our partnership has become stronger. Our ties have become more numerous and our commitment to each other has become more profound."
Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP,
1 November 2008
"The UK has a proud tradition of technological innovation and an extraordinary industrial history and we want to tap into that space. Masdar is actively seeking British companies to invest in, and partner with, across a wide array of renewable and clean technologies."
HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO Masdar,
8 July 2008
"The UAE is not just a market, but a true partner and political ally."
HRH The Duke of York,
July 2007


"The histories of our two countries have been intertwined for 200 years and over that time no country has had a deeper involvement here than our own, a unique relationship of which we in the UK are intensely proud.  This is a partnership too that has left us with a deep well of shared experience, respect and friendship."
 Rt Hon Tony Blair MP,
21 December 2006
"These [Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance] treaties are the first comprehensive set of modern treaties that the UK has concluded with an Arab state. As such they send two clear signals: that the UAE is one of our closest partners in the region, and that both our countries are determined to work together to tackle issues of international crime and terrorism."  
Rt Hon John Reid MP, Home Secretary,
6 December 2006
"The UAE is proud of its close historical links with Britain and we believe there is now an exceptional opportunity to deepen those already strong ties significantly in the years ahead."
HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, February 2006