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UAE’s 38th National Day Marked in Seoul
Amb. Abdulla Mohammed Al- Maainah Hosts Reception
UAE Amb. Abdulla Mohammed Al- Maainah (right) and S. Korean Minister Yoon Jeung-Hyun of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (to his left) are seen at the UAE National Day reception held at a Seoul hotel on Dec. 2, 2009.

Celebrating the 38th year since the United Arab Emirates became recognized as a nation, the UAE ambassador to South Korea, Abdulla Mohammed Al- Maainah, and his wife Mrs. Aida Al-Maainah hosted a reception to commemorate its National Day at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2009.

In a welcoming address, Amb. Al-Maainah, emphasized the effectiveness of a bilateral collaboration and importance of continuing intimate cooperation in the future between the UAE and South Korea.

The reception brought together some 1,000 people nearly from all walks of life. A myriad of top foreign envoys operating in Seoul, local government officials, top politicians, prominent businessmen, artists, journalists, and opinion leaders from other circles were invited to the dinner reception.

UAE Amb. Abdulla Mohammed Al- Maainah (6th from left) and his wife Mrs. Aida Al-Maainah (to his left) pose with other foreign envoys and wives at UAE National Day reception held in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2009. At fourth from left is Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times.

Among the guests were South Korean Minister Yoon Jeung-Hyun of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, and former Minister Song Min-Soon of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mr. Song serves now as a lawmaker of the main opposition Democratic Party.

The 38th National Day of UAE was celebrated on the day all across the Emirates with many festive events taking place.

A number of countries including Tunisia and Lebanon in the world sent congratulatory messages to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and to other UAE leaders.

UAE Amb. Abdulla Mohammed Al- Maainah (4th from left) and his wife Mrs. Aida Al-Maainah (to his right) pose for a camera with Chairman Yun Ik-Han (to his right) of The Seoul Times. At thrid from right is Dr. Shin Hyun-Deok, president of Samsung Line Plastic Surgery Clinic, and to his right is his wife, Mrs. Cho Kyung-Hee. At left is Vice Chairman Park Yong-Ho of The Seoul Times and to his right is Chairman Lee Sang-Seol of the Saghang International Cooperation Institute. At extreme right is Ms. Kim Seong-Hee, painter of traditional Korean art.

The UAE and South Korea established full diplomatic relations in June, 1980.

The South Korean Embassy was built in Abu Dhabi in 1980. About seven years later, the UAE opened its own embassy in Seoul.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, the two countries have been developing bilateral relations in the spheres of economics, politics, and cultural exchange.

In particular trade between South Korea and the UAE has grown sharply over the past five years.

The bilateral trade volume mounted to 24.9 billion US dollars in 2008, great leap from 9.8 billion dollars in 2004.

Mrs. Aida Al-Maainah (center), wife of UAE Amb. Abdulla Mohammed Al- Maainah poses with her diplomatic friends at UAE National Day reception held in Seoul on Dec. 2, 2009. At second from right is a traditional Korean art Ms. Kim Seong-Hee.

UAE imports South Korea’s electronic products, textiles, automobiles, and auto parts.

UAE in return exports mainly crude oil to South Korea as it is South Korea’s second largest oil supplier in the world, only next to Saudi Arabia.

A host of South Korean companies are now operating in the UAE. They include POSCO, Daewoo Electronics, STX Construction Company, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company, and Samsung C&T Corporation.

Egyptian Minister Plenipotentiary Ihab Tahoon (center) poses with his wife Mrs. Hala Tahoon (to his right) and his friends. At right is Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Arabian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia. The UAE consists of seven states, termed emirates, which are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. It is also the country's center of political, industrial, and cultural activities.

Before 1971, the UAE was known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman, in reference to a 19th-century truce between the United Kingdom and several Arab Sheikhs. The name Pirate Coast was also used in reference to the area's emirates in the 18th to early 20th century.

The political system of the United Arab Emirates, based on the 1971 Constitution, comprises several intricately connected governing bodies. Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language.

The United Arab Emirates has the world's sixth largest oil reserves and possesses one of the most developed economies in the Middle East. It is currently the thirty-sixth largest economy at market exchange rates, and has a high per capita gross domestic product, with a nominal per capita GDP of $54,607 as per the IMF.

The country is fourteenth largest in purchasing power per capita and has a relatively high Human Development Index for the Asian continent, ranking 31st globally. The United Arab Emirates is classified as a high income developing economy by the IMF.

The United Arab Emirates is a founding member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, and a member state of the Arab League. It is also a member of the United Nations, Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the OPEC, and the World Trade Organization.

For more information contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Seoul at 790-3235.






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