Republic of Cyprus
Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Abu Dhabi

Bilateral Relations

Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates decided to establish official diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level as of 6 June 2007. Friendly relations between Cyprus and the Emirates, especially in the economic sector, pre-existed for more than 50 years. The UAE has an Embassy in Nicosia while Cyprus maintains an Embassy in Abu Dhabi, a Tourism Office (Cyprus Tourism Office Middle East and Arabian Gulf) and a Trade Centre in Dubai (Cyprus Trade Centre).

In recent years, there has been a considerable strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries. This has been illustrated by the official visit of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades to the UAE in 2014 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides in 2013. As a follow-up to the President’s visit in 2014, the first round of political consultations between the two countries took place in Nicosia in May 2016, followed by a meeting of Minister Kasoulides and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE, in Nicosia in July 2016. More recently, there was an exchange of visits: visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus to Abu Dhabi in July 2018 and visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE to Nicosia in June 2019.

According to the most recent figures, the total general trade volume, including the Free Zones, between Cyprus and the UAE in 2015 amounted to USD 102 million, while there are more than 100 Cypriot-owned companies with a presence in the UAE, and more than 1000 Cypriots living in the United Arab Emirates.

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