Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) maintain intensive diplomatic relations. The strategic partnership agreed in April 2004 is evidence of this. In September 2022, during his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President of the UAE Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed to revitalise this strategic partnership.
The UAE is Germany’s biggest trading partner in the region. After Turkey and just ahead of Saudi Arabia, the UAE is Germany’s most important market in the Near and Middle East and North Africa. In 2021, the bilateral volume of trade was almost 8 billion euro. Germany’s main exports to the UAE are aircraft, cars, machinery, electrical goods and chemical products. Germany imports primarily aluminium and petrochemical products. The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce, which was founded in 2009, supports bilateral trade. In November 2021, the energy partnership between Germany and the United Arab Emirates to promote cooperation in the area of renewable energies was expanded into an energy and climate partnership.
Bilateral cultural cooperation is extensive. The Goethe-Institut has operated a regional office in Abu Dhabi since 2006 and a language training centre in Dubai since 2007. There are officially recognised German schools abroad in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai. There are 20 cooperation projects between universities and academic institutions in the two countries.
Germany was the Guest of Honour at the 31st International Book Fair in Abu Dhabi in 2021.