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In August, the United Arab Emirates and Israel made a historic announcement that the two countries would normalize relations and open avenues for cooperation in technology, healthcare, and tourism, among many other economic sectors. On September 16, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed joined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump at the White House to formalize this agreement, known as the Abraham Accords.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s empowerME initiative hosted His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy, to discuss the areas of economic cooperation the UAE will pursue with Israel and how this cooperation will impact the UAE and the region. The discussion also touched upon the future of the UAE economy post-pandemic.

Mr. Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO, introduced the event, and Mr. Amjad Ahmad, director of the Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative, moderated this conversation. EmpowerME is a new initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. EmpowerME shapes solutions to empower entrepreneurs, women, and youth and builds coalitions of public and private partnerships to drive regional economic integration, prosperity, and job creation.


His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq Al Mari, UAE Minister of Economy

Introduced by

Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council

In conversation with

Amjad Ahmad, Director, empowerME, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

Through our Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative, the Atlantic Council works with allies and partners in Europe and the wider Middle East to protect US interests, build peace and security, and unlock the human potential of the region.