PAK-UAE RE­LA­TIONS

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ith each pass­ing day, the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion be­tween the United Arab Emi­rates and Pak­istan ac­quires new di­men­sions at dif­fer­ent sec­tors such as po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and so­cial lev­els. Need­less to say that shared faith and tra­di­tions, ge­o­graphic prox­im­ity and iden­tity of in­ter­ests, evolved into wide-rang­ing co-op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous Right from the be­gin­ning, the UAE has been fa­mous among all comity of the world due to its gen­er­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, sta­bil­ity, tol­er­ance, in­no­va­tion, vi­sion for bet­ter health and ed­u­ca­tion. Now, it has be­come hub of in­vest­ments, re-ex­ports, tech­nolo­gies, tourism, and the last not the least, re­new­able en­er­gies. In Pak­istan, it en­cour­ages in­vest­ment and calls for greater trade and com­merce ac­tiv­i­ties. UAE is one of the largest in­vestors in the coun­try while the bi­lat­eral trade has been steadily grow­ing over the years and peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tacts are con­stantly on the in­crease. The founder of UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was keen to give an im­pe­tus to the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries from the very be­gin­ning. It was fur­ther strength­ened and pa­tron­ized by H.H. Sheikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Pres­i­dent of the UAE and H.H. Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai. re­in­force the bonds of friend­ship. They urge the need to ex­pand Around 1.2 mil­lion Pak­istani ex­pa­tri­ates are work­ing in UAE .They sent back home US$ 2.50b be­ing the high­est re­mit­tances macro-econ­omy of Pak­istan. Emi­rates Na­tional Oil Com­pany, «Enoch», The In­ter­na­tional Petroleum In­vest­ment Com­pany «IPIC» The Emi­rates Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tion «Eti­salat», Dana gas, Al Ghu­rair, Emaar, DP World, Abraaj Cap­i­tal, Thani, Danata, Athar­ihra agri­cul­tural Com­pany, Gulf Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal In­dus­tries «Jul­far,» the Emi­rates In­vest­ment Group, the Arab Com­pany for Pack­ag­ing, Al Nasser Hold­ings, Abu Dhabi Group, Emaar and Dubai Is­lamic Bank Upon the di­rec­tives of H.H. Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan the Pres­i­dent of UAE, the UAE project to as­sist Pak­istan was launched in Jan­uary 2011 with a to­tal cost of US$400 mil­lion for the re­con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture dam­aged by dev­as­tat­ing Ba­jaur and South Waziris­tan of the tribal belt to pro­vide bet­ter life to the peo­ple by cre­at­ing jobs. The Project is to fo­cus on four ma­jor sec­tors: ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic health, roads, bridges and sup­ply of wa­ter treat­ment plants and net­works. Gen­er­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance has been the epi­cen­ter of UAE hu­man­i­tar­ian cause. The lead­ers of UAE al­ways stood na­tional cri­sis caused by nat­u­ral calami­ties by send­ing teams and relief goods in calamity-hit coun­try. Teams from UAE Mil­i­tary Relief Force, char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions played du­ti­ful role in the res­cue, dis­tri­bu­tion of sup­plies and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of vic­tims of earth­quake and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchis­tan Prov­inces. Un­der the di­rec­tives of H.H. the Pres­i­dent of UAE, a joint relief team of Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Hu­man­i­tar­ian Foun­da­tion and the UAE Red Cres­cent was rig­or­ously en­gaged in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance and food­stuff to the earth­quake vic­tims in sev­eral dis­tricts of Baluchis­tan Prov­ince.

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