Syria–United Arab Emirates relations

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Syria-United Arab Emirates relations
Map indicating locations of Syria and United Arab Emirates


United Arab Emirates

Syria – United Arab Emirates relations are the relations between the United Arab Emirates and Syria. The U.A.E. has an embassy in Damascus while Syria maintains an embassy in Abu Dhabi and a consulate-general in Dubai. Both countries are part of the Middle East region and share close cultural ties. There are numerous Syrian nationals in the U.A.E.[citation needed]

By 2011, Syrian civil war took place in Syria which remains ongoing. Despite this, on 25 September 2013, Foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that UAE will continue to support the Syrians and their legitimate aspirations for restoring security and stability to the country.[1] However, the UAE is not actively supporting the government of Bashar Al-Assad. On 13 January 2014, Vice President, Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said that there could be no long-term solution to ending the war with Assad in power, and predicted that the Syrian president would eventually lose power.[2]

The UAE took part in the 2014 American-led intervention in Syria,[3] and supported the 2015 Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War.[4] It also reportedly provided funding to the moderate Southern Front in 2014.[5]

Although the UAE continues to express rhetorical and diplomatic support for the Syrian opposition, it has been accused of maintaining ties to the Syrian government.[6] Its stance on the Syrian conflict has been described as "less aggressive" than Saudi Arabia or Qatar, but unlike Egypt, not "favourable to Assad".[7] Alongside the United States, it has been involved in the training of the Syrian Democratic Forces.[7] Along with Egypt, it also supports the Syria's Tomorrow Movement, which has a military wing, the Elite Forces, that is part of the SDF.[8]


  1. ^ "UAE reaffirms support for Syria". Gulf News. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
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  3. ^ Sciutto, Jim; Castillo, Mariano; Yan, Holly (22 September 2014). "US airstrikes hit ISIS inside Syria for first time". CNN. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "UAE Says Ready To Commit Troops To Fight Syria Jihadists". Defense News. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Southern Front". Stanford University. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ Abdul-Hussain, Hussain (27 July 2017). "The Gulf crisis: Who's winning?". Anadolu Agency. 
  7. ^ a b "The UAE has it in for the Muslim Brotherhood". Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. 22 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "UAE, Egypt back launch of new Syrian opposition movement". Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. 12 March 2016.