Consulate General Events 2013
U.S. Consulate General Dubai Hosts American National Day
February 25, Dubai – The U.S. Consulate General in Dubai hosted the American National Day at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event celebrated not only American independence (July 4, 1776) but also the deep and enduring partnership with the United Arab Emirates. It is traditional for the United States Mission in the United Arab Emirates to get an early start on the 4th of July, as close as possible to celebrate Presidents’ Day.
Ambassador Michael Corbin and Consul General Rob Waller welcomed distinguished guests, colleagues, and fellow Americans. The Consulate General’s Guest of Honor was His Excellency Obaid Al Tayar, Minister of State for Financial Affairs. His Highness Sheikh Mohammad al Qassimi of Ras Al Khaima also attended.
Ambassador Corbin in his opening remarks emphasized entrepreneurship, noting that U.S. exports to the UAE surpassed 22 billion dollars, more than any other country in the Middle East. Overall trade between the United States and the UAE increased by 35 percent since last year and, over the past two years, U.S. exports to the U.A.E. have grown by 93 percent, while UAE sales to the United States have doubled.
In addition, the Ambassador highlighted the U.S. Mission’s entrepreneurship priority through exchange programming. The UAE has long been a valued participant in American exchanges, including the flagship Fulbright Scholarship program. Ambassador Corbin, moreover, stressed that the U.S. Mission would add an entrepreneurial dimension to the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Consul General Waller reaffirmed these commitments and thanked members of the American business community, especially the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, which supports more than 1,000 U.S. companies in this area. He also remarked that these successes would not be possible without the cooperation of Emirati partners and friends at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry for their support of the U.S. business community.
The U.S. Air Force ‘AFCENT’ Band, led by Master Sergeant Claudia Weir, conducted the UAE and American national anthems and provided guests with a wide-range of jazz, blues, and country music. More than 300 guests attended, including Americans, members of the Diplomatic Corps, media, academia, cultural and artistic community, and Emirati government officials.