U.S. Relations With United Arab Emirates

Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
Fact Sheet
June 11, 2013

More information about the United Arab Emirates is available on the United Arab Emirates Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.


The United States has had friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) since 1971, following its formation and independence from the United Kingdom. The two countries established formal diplomatic relations in 1972. The U.A.E. plays an influential role in the Middle East, and is a key partner for the United States. The United States and the U.A.E. enjoy strong bilateral cooperation on a full range of issues including defense, non-proliferation, trade, law enforcement, energy policy, and cultural exchange. The two countries work together to promote peace and security, support economic growth, and improve educational opportunities in the region and around the world. U.A.E. ports host more U.S. Navy ships than any port outside the United States.

U.S. Assistance to the United Arab Emirates

The United States provides Export and Border Security (EXBS) assistance to the UAE.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The prosperity of the U.A.E. is based in large part on the country's vast oil and gas reserves, and it is the United States’ single largest export market in the Middle East and North Africa region. More than 1,000 U.S. firms operate in the country. Many U.S. companies, drawn by strong logistics and transport industries, use the U.A.E. as a regional headquarters from which to conduct business throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia. Building on the U.S.-U.A.E. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, the two countries have entered into an Economic Policy Dialogue, establishing a formal mechanism to promote increased trade and investment between the two countries.

The United Arab Emirates' Membership in International Organizations

The U.A.E. and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates is Barbara A. Leaf; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

The United Arab Emirates maintains an embassy in the United States at 3522 International Court, NW, Washington, DC, 20008 (tel. 202-243-2400).

More information about the United Arab Emirates is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State United Arab Emirates Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook United Arab Emirates Page
U.S. Embassy: United Arab Emirates
History of U.S. Relations With United Arab Emirates
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information