Saudi Arabia and the UAE  have been working hard, during recent years, to build a strong alliance in the face of challenges to GCC and Arab national security.

The strategic alliance is based on the shared interests. This is not necessarily meant to be binding, rather it is the best strategic option for the decision-makers in both countries to deal with the current circumstances and challenges in the region.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces made it clear that the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an integral part of the security of the UAE. His Highness stated that the resolution of the Yemeni crisis cannot be achieved through giving power to the militia that's threatening the security of Saudi Arabia.

 

Sectarian militias loyal to expansionist forces in the Mideast spread chaos and unrest then put pressure on the GCC.

It's high time to defeat the Houthi group and curb its influence in Yemen. Any other final mechanism for the settlement would end up reproducing another Hezbollah. The Houthis would then threaten to use force against any other party to make political gains.

The shared interests between the UAE and Saudi Arabia have placed them in the same camp. The alliance is dictated by the rapid changes taking place in the region. Making the right decisions is essential to regional crisis management.

 

December 2017, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan made a decision to create a commission for the cooperation and coordination between the UAE and KSA. It will deal with military, political, economic, trade, and cultural affairs. Back in May 2016, an agreement was signed to establish a joint coordination committee and then holding a meeting to discuss the files of bilateral cooperation.

Economic development and setting a good model were the main goals of this alliance. The UAE-Saudi Business Forum vows to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in vital sectors in the two countries, especially the economy, business and investment. The Forum serves both the UAE 2021 Vision and the KSA 2030 Vision.

Saudi Arabia is the fourth largest trading partner of the UAE in the world, and the first Arab partner in 2016. Non-oil trade saw a significant increase of about 30 percent over the past six years from $ 14.9 billion in 2011 to more than $ 19.4 billion last year. Saudi Arabia is the third largest importer of non-oil products in the UAE and the second largest re-exporting country.

 

The UAE is the leading investor in Saudi Arabia with over $ 9 billion. There are 32 companies and investment groups in the UAE running major projects in Saudi Arabia. Saudi investments in the UAE worth about $ 4.4 billion by 2015. There is promising growth of trade economic relations as there are challenges (e.g. fluctuating oil prices) that require close cooperation.

Sure, there were security and military issues at the meeting between the two allies, but there was also development, model building and politics of hope in the Middle East. An alliance for the future is starting now.