Nepal and the UAE established diplomatic relations in 1977. The bilateral cooperation between the two countries has since increased manifolds. While the UAE is the fourth largest trading partner of Nepal, this Middle Eastern nation is also one of the popular destinations of Nepali migrant workers. The two countries also share common views on significant global issues ranging from renewable energy, climate change to world peace and fight against terrorism both as a member of the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement at the multilateral level. Against this context, Republica's Kosh Raj Koirala talked to UAE Ambassador to Nepal, Saeed Hamdan Al Naqbi, to understand the current state of bilateral relations between Nepal and the UAE, potential areas of cooperation and ways to further promote bilateral relations between the two countries. Excerpts:

Nepal faces defeat with UAE

June 4, 2022 14:19 pm

KATHMANDU, June 4: Nepal was defeated by the United Arab Emirates in today's match under ICC U-19 Women's T-20 World Cup Asia Qualifier. The ICC U19 T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier is taking place in Malaysia.

May 13: The United Arab Emirates’ long-ailing ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan, died Friday, the government’s state-run news agency announced in a brief statement. He was 73.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Demonstrations have been organized in Kathmandu demanding the immediate release of Nepali journalist Umakanta Pandey, who is detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

KATHMANDU, March 17: A Nepali delegation led by Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha, which is currently on a visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has taken stock of the condition of services, salaries, perks and security given to Nepali domestic workers in the UAE.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha interacted with the Nepali diaspora in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for Human Resource, Dr Abdulrahaman Al Awar, held a meeting on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 15: A meeting of a Joint Committee of Nepal and the United Arab Emirates is taking place at Abu Dhabi today.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha will be heading off to the UAE next week for the management of Nepalis stranded there. Minister Shrestha will negotiate with the UAE government for the management of Nepalis who went to the UAE on tourist and other visas but are stranded there.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha has said that the government will take action against the foreign employment entrepreneurs who leave Nepali citizens stranded abroad on visit visa.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: The Department of Immigration (DoI) returned 76 passengers bound to the UAE at the recommendation of a Lalitpur-based cooperative. They were returned home from the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).

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UAE envoy calls on Energy Minister Bhusal

September 17, 2021 16:45 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nepal, Saeed Hamdan Alnaqbi paid a courtesy call on Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal at her office in Singha Durbar today.

DUBAI, Aug 22: The United Arab Emirates has agreed to host 5,000 Afghan nationals to be evacuated from their country for 10 days on their way to a third country at the request of the United States, the Gulf Arab state's foreign ministry said on Friday.

DUBAI, Aug 19: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani is in the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf state's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, after he left as Taliban fighters seized control.

KATHMANDU, August 11: Nepali youths have been facing problems in going abroad for foreign employment because of the rules implemented by different countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As many as 150 passengers were barred from traveling to Dubai on Monday due to new rules imposed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

DUBAI, Aug 4: The United Arab Emirates will on Thursday lift a ban on transit flights including from India and Pakistan, the National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday.

Nepali player honored in UAE

July 31, 2021 11:19 am

KATHMANDU, July 31: Nepali martial arts player Karan Bahadur Chand has been honored in the United Arabic Emirates (UAE).

CAIRO, July 2:  The United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday a travel ban on citizens to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa and Nigeria, state news agency (WAM) reported.

KATHMANDU, May 31: The Government of the United Arab Emirates is sending a consignment of medical equipment and supplies, including ventilators, to Nepal which is expected to arrive in Kathmandu soon. This assistance is being made on the request of the Government of Nepal.

DUBAI, Jan 31: The United Arab Emirates has adopted amendments that would allow the Gulf state to grant citizenship to investors and other professionals including scientists, doctors and their families, the government said on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Former captain of the National Cricket Team, Paras Khadka, Kushal Malla and Karan KC have left for the UAE to play the T-10 League Cricket Championship taking place from January 28 to February 6.

KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, celebrated Nepal's Constitution Day by illuminating in the colors of the country’s flag on Saturday evening.

KATHMANDU, Aug 13: As many as 110 Nepali nationals died of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as well as other diseases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the past five months.

UAE, July 15: Thousands of Nepali migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are likely to be affected as the UAE government  introduced new visa rules earlier this week.

KATHMANDU, June 5: A total of 169 Nepalis including an infant arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday.

KATHMANDU, May 1: The United Arab Emirates has imported fruits from Nepal recently.

DUBAI, April 6: More than 20,000 Pakistani workers stuck in the United Arab Emirates are seeking to return home, as the Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) of the United Arab Emirates confirmed fourteen new cases of coronavirus on Monday, including two Nepalis.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Shanker Das Bairagi, Foreign Secretary of Nepal met with Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan 29: The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating four members of a Chinese family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak.

DUBAI, Jan 29: A family in the United Arab Emirates, arriving from China’s central city of Wuhan, has been diagnosed with a case of the new coronavirus, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Jan 13: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to provide Nepal with US$ 10 million (approximately Rs 1.13 billion) subsidized loan for the generation of electricity from urban waste.

WASHINGTON, Sept 21: The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

DUBAI, Sept 14: Six Emirati troops have been killed in a “collision,” the United Arab Emirates said Friday, without elaborating or offering a location or time for the incident that comes after the federation of sheikhdoms began pulling out of a Saudi-led war in Yemen.

KATHMANDU, Aug 4: Ambassador of Nepal to the United Arab Emirates, Krishna Prasad Dhakal has paid a courtesy call on Minister for Foreign Minister and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Saturday evening.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Nepal's Ambassador to United Arab Emirates Krishna Prasad Dhakal presented his credentials to Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Monday morning.

Nepal signs labor pact with UAE

June 15, 2019 04:00 am

KATHMANDU, June 15: Nepal has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for sending Nepali workers to the Gulf country with employers responsible to bear all costs, including but not limited to recruitment, employment, residency, agency fees, airfare, insurance, and medical test.

KATHMANDU, June 14: Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding on migrant workers amidst a special function in Geneva today.

DUBAI, May 19: Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf after attacks on the kingdom’s energy sector.

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KATHMANDU, April 18: The United Arab Emirates win over Oman has ended Nepal’s hopes of qualifying for the ICC-U 19 World Cup.

KATHMANDU, April 16: Nepal U-19 national cricket team has made a triumphant comeback in the league defeating home team Malaysia U-19 by eight wickets after an upsetting DLS method loss against the United Arab Emirates to keep the qualification hopes alive in the ongoing six-nation ICC Asia U-19 World Cup Qualifier in the third round of league matches played at Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday.

KATHMANDU, April 14: Vriitya Arvind and Ansh Tandon shared a partnership of 101 runs to eventually secure the United Arab Emirates U-19 national cricket team’s second win of the ongoing ICC Asia U-19 World Cup Qualifier against Nepal U-19 by a run according to D/L method in a match played at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday.

Nepal lost to UAE by single run

April 13, 2019 17:00 pm

KATHMANDU, April 13: Nepal U-19 national cricket failed to win in its second match against UAE in ongoing ICC Asia Under-19s World Cup Qualifier held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

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KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Nepal defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to win its third match under the ICC Women T20 World Cup Qualifier Asia-2019 going on in Thailand.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: The government has given impetus to the process of signing memorandum of understanding (MoU) on employment for Nepali workers with Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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