The recently published column by Zaki Nusseibeh، the UAE Minister of State، entitled “The UAE’s culture and values set us apart. It’s time to share them with the world”، inspired many، gulf today reported.
The Consulate General of Korea holds and shares the UAE’s culture and values depicted by the Minister and considers it a great opportunity to work together particularly since they are in Dubai، the most diverse and multi-ethnic city in the world and one of the most important intercontinental hubs of transportation، logistics، trade، investment and finance where nations، cultures and businesses meet and develop.
Two months ago، the Consul General of the Republic of Korea came to Dubai، which marked his first time to ever set foot not only in Dubai، but also in the Middle East.
Before his arrival، he had never talked to any Middle Eastern person to the extent that they seemed to him like UFOs. He was born، raised and educated in Korea، where there is a dominant culture and tradition. Like most East Asian countries، the concept of dynasty، Buddhism، Confucianism، Chinese characters and chopsticks have been the core of Korean culture for thousands of years.
Stepping foot into Dubai with a lot of curiosity and uncertainty، he arrived from Seoul، Korea by Emirates Airline. He was amazed by Burj Khalifa، the skyscrapers، and the world’s first-class airport. Still what truly surprised him was how the city maintained social order and security despite the number of foreigners coming from all over the world.
In his sense، Dubai counts as an extremely unique city and a great empire considering its incomparable and unprecedented model and role in the world.
Korea and the UAE have consolidated their relations in various fields، especially over the past decade as they share many objectives and policies. As a city، Dubai is committed to the Dubai Expo 2020، and is very much aware of its strategic location which functions as an international hub serving various fields; similarly، Korea has a clear determination to expand trade، joint ventures and economic cooperation especially since it is ranked the 7th largest exporting country in the world، and has been selected by Bloomberg as the most innovative country for five consecutive years since 2013.
After meeting several Emirati and Dubai leaders since his arrival in May 2018، and having spent the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr in Dubai، he realised that Koreans really need a wider exposure and understanding of Emirati culture، religion، language، customs and perspectives.
Out of the 26 million Koreans who travel internationally every year، a small percentage of them actually visit the Middle East.
Koreans have a golden opportunity to open up to and explore the Middle East especially as Dubai prepares for Expo 2020، while Emirati youngsters are already exposed to the K-Wave.
There are a huge number of Korean fans in the region among the youth and young generations، who enjoy Korean dramas، music، food، arts and Taekwondo; not only that، they also show great eagerness and skill in mastering the Korean language، which becomes evident every time we hold Korean language courses in any of the universities’ clubs.
Korea and the UAE share many common goals and strategies regarding trade، investment، joint ventures، knowledge-based economy، digital systems، ICT، e-government، and green and renewable energy.
These are all common techno-neutral interests as opposed to political and sovereign policies such as Brexit، One Belt and One Road، and Trump’s policies.
In conclusion، the Consul General believes that learning more about each other and building bridges between the two nations will establish confidence and trust that is cemented by the understanding of culture، religion، traditions، languages، customs and values.
As the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai، his primary aim is to promote mutual benefits and encourage bilateral relations.