Saudi-UAE relationship role model of brotherly ties aimed at people’s welfare
The strong relations between Saudi Arabia and the UAE have become a role model and a living example of brotherly ties between countries. Throughout several stages in history, these relations have remained strong, while Saudi Arabia, with its influence in the Arab and Islamic world, has continued to be the main supporter of the Gulf countries in every sphere.
The Kingdom is an economic power and one of the largest oil exporters in the world. It also has large military capabilities, which makes it the principal defender of Arab security, particularly that of the Gulf counties. Therefore, when we speak of Saudi-UAE ties, we are only touching on a subject that is very much part of a wider amity between the Kingdom and the Gulf states, as well as the Arab and Muslim world.
The relations between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are particularly strong for many reasons, foremost being the warm relations between the two ruling families over the ages, from the early times of the reign of the late UAE President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In addition, the UAE, with its strong economy and military strength, is also capable of defending the Gulf region.
There is also a big similarity between the social fabric, culture, history, geography and the common destiny linking the two brotherly countries. The relationship between Sheikh Zayed and the Saudi rulers was friendly and based on common understandings. It has continued to this day as reflected in the warm relations between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. There is also a special relationship between King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, besides the special relationship between the Cr Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
These relations have been reflected time and again when taking positions at various levels, and are aimed at reinforcing the strength of Arab nationalism and safeguarding the region against external aggression. These strong ties have come in for praise from all friendly countries, but have put off enemies who find such a relationship to be against their own nefarious designs seeking to harm the Arab world.
In fact, the Saudi-UAE relations are witnessing further growth in all fields, besides a new level of understanding between the two countries on regional issues. The constructive and fruitful cooperation between the two countries in dealing with various challenges have enabled them to face all kinds of threats, including facing the threat of extremism and terrorism. They have also been determinedly facing external forces that are trying to interfere in the affairs of the region. The end game of these forces is only to weaken the Arab world and break the solidarity within.
The plan of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to establish a joint coordination council, as agreed in May 2016, has signaled a new phase in bilateral relations, not only because it has institutionalized the relations between the two countries, but also because it takes bilateral cooperation to a whole new level, where contacts between the two sides will remain direct and continuous. Decisions on urgent strategic issues can be made quickly and effectively based on established foundations and rules framed in advance.
The mechanisms to follow up setting up of the council confirm that both countries are determined to achieve the aspirations of the people. They are seeking to maintain the pace of development and enhance the security and well-being of the Gulf countries as well as the entire Arab region.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE are bent on drawing on their strong relations to uphold the interests of the Gulf countries for the overall welfare of the people.