Afghanistan has a deep-rooted relations with its Arab brothers in the region, particularly with the United Arab Emirates. The Afghanistan-UAE relations, prior to the establishment of formal political representations, began decades earlier by the people of the two countries. Afghans started to come to the area for trade and work.
Formal relations between Afghanistan and the UAE was established in 1973. The special bond was created during the Afghan Jihad against the Soviet invasion. It was during the leadership of His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, when the Government and the people of the UAE supported wholeheartedly the Afghan people in their struggle against the Soviet Red Army that the relationship between the two nations have further strengthened. Following the success of the Afghan Jihad, the Afghan Embassy in Abu Dhabi came into being in 1993.
After the removal of the Taliban regime, bilateral relations were renewed and both countries established their embassies in each other's capitals.
H.E. Abdul Farid Zikria served as the first full-fledged Afghan Ambassador to the UAE (2004 to 2009). The UAE Embassy in Kabul was established in 2002. The leadership in both countries are committed in further strengthening affinity and bond with each other.
The UAE is one of the top 10 donors’ countries to Afghanistan. Some 9 major projects such as the Mazar International Airport, Sheikh Khalifa Residential City, Kabul Road Projects, Khost University, Sheikh Zayed Hospital, Zabul Hospital, etc. In addition, the UAE through its Red Crescent Society, Sheikh Khalifa and other foundations have been active in constructing new Schools, Mosques, and job creation.
We are currently working on establishing a more direct relationship with the UAE private sector. We also strive toward shaping our bilateral relations based on our common vision for future. The current status of economic cooperation between the two countries should be significantly increased, considering the possibilities and potential that exist in both countries.