The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Organised an economic tour for the heads and members of the diplomatic corps to the UAE and their spouses.
The tour included a number of cultural and economic landmarks and tourist attractions to promote the progress made by the Emirate in all sectors and walks of life.
Organised by the International Relations Department at SCCI, the tour is part of the chamber’s greater effort to enhance cooperation and communication with members of the diplomatic missions in the UAE, to positively influence the economic relations with the friendly countries and serve the interests of business community in the Emirate.
The diplomats visited a number of the Emirate’s edifices and places of cultural, scientific, economic, educational, tourist and environmental importance. The tour started at the SCCI’s headquarter, where the guests members of the diplomatic corps were received by HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, board members and HE Khalid bin Butti Al Hajri, Director General of the SCCI.
In his Speech, HE Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry conveyed the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to the heads and members of the diplomatic corps in the UAE.
Al Owais said: “In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry organizes this biennial diplomatic tour in coordination with various government entities and authorities in Sharjah. This year’s tour hopes to shed some light on our Emirate’s efforts to improve all spheres of life, drawing from the concepts of “Sustainable Environmentally Harmonious City.”
HE Abdulrahman AlMutaiwee, Director of the Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Dubai, delivered a speech, in which he conveyed to participants the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
AlMutaiwee said: “Recently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has launched its Strategy for 2017-2021. The strategy, which is based on the UAE Vision 2021, includes main objectives, most notably to achieve the mutual prosperity with partners by expanding the existing economic sectors and creating new promising sectors, so as to complement the role of the UAE diplomacy in building bridges of economic cooperation with other countries”.
“The same objectives and aspirations, which fit well with the UAE Vision 2021 and the 2017-2021 Strategy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, are looming in front of us. The UAE Vision aims to build a competitive knowledge-based economy, with 5% contribution of the Foreign Direct Investment inflow to the Gross Domestic Product, and to build the partnerships aimed at developing the bilateral economic relations and boosting the growth of the Foreign Direct Investment inflow”, he added.
AlMutaiwee lauded the importance of the economic tour 2017 in the Emirate of Sharjah, particularly following the remarkable growth in the economic role played by the diplomacy of states across the world. “This tour comes during a period of quantum economic leap made by the UAE in the last years. Thanks to the vision of its inspired leadership, the UAE has become a regional and international commercial hub that attracts investment. This fact was confirmed by the statistics of the volume of non-oil trade exchange (inclusive of free zones trade) which grew from $98 billion in 2005 to $288 billion in 2015”, he clarified.
Locations included in the tour were Wasit wetland Centre, Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF-Zone), the University City of Sharjah, Dr. Sultan Al-Qassim Centre of Gulf Studies and Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Science.
At the end of the tour, the diplomats stressed the importance of the tour which gave them insight into the economic, cultural, academic and tourist development in the Emirate. They expressed their thanks to the chamber for its keenness to develop relations and advance cooperation with their respective countries.