The relations between the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia saw tremendous development in recent years. The historical relations between the two countries became a model of bilateral ties that combine political and social common grounds and shared strategic interests.

The leaderships of the two countries have crystallized a common vision on the challenges facing them. Their mutual understanding has resulted in conscious strategies to protect the national security not only of the two countries but also of the GCC and Arab countries.

Through their strategic cooperation, the UAE and Saudi Arabia achieved goals of historical proportions. The alliance thwarted the ambitions of the regional powers for controlling our region, preventing a nightmare. Iran could have taken control of Yemen and tightened its grip on the southern border of the GCC.

The UAE–Saudi cooperation drove away the ambitious expansionists from harming the strategic interests of the Gulf and Arab countries. The positive use of resources and power to safeguard interests and deal firmly with strategic threats were central to this cooperation model.

As the Arab joint action system (the Arab League) has been losing its effectiveness since 2011, region turmoil offered an opportunity for regional powers to expand their influence and control the resources and gains of Arab countries. But it was not long until the UAE and Saudi Arabia started to invest all their resources in protecting their national security as well as that of the GCC and Arab countries.

With strong faith in common goals, The KSA–UAE bilateral cooperation gracefully transcended the traditional competitiveness that has long hindered Arab joint action. The UAE leadership under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Saudi leadership under the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, strengthened bilateral relations through mutual understanding and sincere cooperation and put national capabilities and resources in the service of development and progress.

The UAE's support to Saudi Arabia has become one of the pillars of the former's national security. Bilateral cooperation is inherently strategic for the Emirati leadership, which since the founding of the federal country has believed that unity is essential in development and the protection of national interests.

Researchers in international relations and Gulf affairs will study the KSA–UAE strategic cooperation and its impact on keeping the region safe and on maintaining the joint action system's role of protecting the Arab nations that have been facing a great deal of existential challenges and threats since 2011. The two Gulf countries have been fighting against the neo-colonial expansionist project of Iran since 2011.

The exemplar cooperation between the UAE and Saudi Arabia gains strength from their leaders' belief in the shared destiny, goals and interests, and their acting accordingly. Some believe in what they do, while others are self-serving collaborationists who just get on board with you but really wait for the right moment to stab you in the back.

The key to the strength of the UAE-Saudi model lies in honesty, sincerity, clarity of intentions and hard work for the interests of people, not foreign agendas.