Dr Ali bin Tamim
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the State, met Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Sultan of Oman, twice in four months. On both occasions, the extent of love, appreciation, respect, familiarity and understanding between the two great leaders was evident. , which is a true reflection of the bond of brotherhood that has formed throughout history and still exists between the two countries. The two brotherly peoples.
And when Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed chose the Sultanate of Oman to be his first Arab and Gulf state visit, this is a clear indication of the depth of the strategic relations between the two countries. The one destiny, the common present and the glorious history all testify, and geography and neighborhood are revealing, and the same fabric between the peoples of the two countries confirms that they beat with one heart.
There is no Omani media or social media account in the Sultanate during this historic visit, but we all saw it pulsating with overwhelming love and deep appreciation for His Highness. Through his reception by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq at the Royal Airport, to the extraordinary ceremonies and hospitality on social media, which everyone shouted “Hayak Boukhaled”, and “Welcome to the house of Ibn Tariq”, as well as hashtags and videos circulating that reveal it special relationship between the two countries. Management and people, its specificity, and its extension in history.
And when we talk about history, we are talking about a relationship that is deeply rooted in the past, which began since ancient times, and which laid its foundation and consolidation, and which was carried forward by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, and Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed, may God have mercy on him, when they held a meeting Historically in 1968, this relationship grew stronger after the establishment of the United Arab Emirates Federation in 1971, when many cultural and educational agreements were signed between them and Sheikh Zayed’s visit to the Sultanate in 1991 was historic due to the formation of a joint higher committee. Between the two countries resulted in the decision to move citizens between the two countries using the personal card “identity” instead of passports, and the formation of a higher economic committee, then these mutual visits extended during the era of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed , may God have mercy on him, to confirm the strength and privacy of relationships.
The Muscat summit ushers in a new era in this history of joint cooperation in all political, economic, cultural and developmental fields as it witnessed the signing of many memorandums of cooperation that strengthen the solid relations between the two brotherly countries and include cooperation in culture and media, railways, education and scientific research, and agricultural wealth. , and money markets.
This historic summit also has very important political implications at the Arab and international level, as it comes in a turbulent political environment that is almost ravaging the world between a raging war between Ukraine and Russia and a stormy global economic crisis, as well as dozens of common Arab issues between the two countries, hence the smart timing. The visit is to highlight its importance as it comes ahead of the Arab summit expected in November and Gulf cooperation expected in December. Therefore, the summit comes within the framework of coordinating positions, gathering visions and agreeing on solutions to the surrounding crises, especially with the two countries’ agreement on many issues and the Gulf.
Among the notable stations of the historic visit, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed visited a number of important cultural sites such as the Royal Opera House and the Omani National Museum. He spoke about one of the aspects of wealth and privacy in the relationship between the Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, that is, culture in its wide and wide meaning, which combines goodness, beauty and refinement, and which raises people so that they rise more and more.
This peculiarity of the relationship between the Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman, which was revealed in the grand celebration of the visit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, is difficult to limit and summarize because it expresses part of the societal and cultural values shared between the peoples of the two countries. How not, when we are talking about a geographical neighborhood, customs and traditions, mixed marriage ties and a shared culture that is expressed in oral heritage, proverbs, folk tales, fashion and art. Nothing sums up all these facts as Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said: “The relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the sisterly Sultanate of Oman was, is and will remain, the will of God Almighty and the will of their leadership… strong and solid because brotherly ties, that unites the peoples of the two countries is rooted in the depths of history.It is based on solid foundations of geographical proximity, common values, customs and traditions, kinship relations, intermarriage, strategic depth and other factors that make the relations between the two countries special and distinguished.” His aspirations are common and his future is one.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, described the relationship between the two countries by saying that “Oman is from us and we are from them, our brothers and our brothers and our support.” The meaning of the arm, the essence of brotherhood and happiness on the face of the peoples of the two countries when they see their leaders charting a safe path towards the future, created by geography, established by history and protected by joy and hearts.
Head of the Abu Dhabi Center for the Arabic Language