Japan-United Arab Emirates Relations

November 5, 2021
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The Year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the UAE. In celebration of this landmark year with as many people as possible and for further promoting exchanges between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan endorses a wide range of events that will be held in Japan and in the UAE, as commemorative events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the UAE. Endorsement guidelines for commemorative events are as follows.

1. Eligibility

  • (1) Events should aim to deepen mutual understanding and promote friendship between Japan and the UAE in a wide range of areas such as culture, arts, sports, education, tourism, economics and sciences. Events should include the implementation or introduction of social contribution activities.
  • (2) Events should take place in Japan or the UAE in 2022 in principle, but events at the end of 2021 and at the beginning of 2023 could also be eligible on an exceptional basis.
  • (3) An event that does not fall under any of the cases below:
    • (a) An event against public order or public morality,
    • (b) An event that violates or may violate laws or regulations of Japan or the UAE,
    • (c) An event that does not serve the purpose of commemorative events in promoting friendships between Japan and the UAE,
    • (d) An event that advocates any particular belief, political ideology or religion,
    • (e) An event for mainly profit-purposes, and
    • (f) An event that does not pursue public interest..

2. Application Process

  • (1) The following documents should be submitted by e-mail to the Embassy of Japan in the UAE for events that will be held in Abu Dhabi or across UAE’s emirates including Abu Dhabi, or to the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai for events that will be held in Dubai or northern emirates or across emirates including Dubai and the northern emirates, or to the Second Middle East Division, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan for an event that will be held in Japan, no later than three weeks prior to the date of the event, in principle.
    • (a) Application form (Word)
      [NOTE] Documents outlining the event, e.g. list of work to be presented, detail of the work, programs, application guidelines.
    • (b) Budget form (Excel)
      [NOTE] Only if there is income or expenditures for the event.
    • (c) Pledge form (Word)
    • (d) Documents outlining its organizations
      [NOTE] Not applicable for individuals nor non-organizations.
  • (2) The Embassy of Japan in the UAE, the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will inform the result to the applicants after reviewing the application. Applicants of the endorsed events will be entitled to use the official logo-mark for the 50th anniversary on web-site, social media and publicity materials (posters, pamphlets, websites, signboards, placards, etc.) for the event.

3. Report on the completion of the event

After the completion of the event, a summary form (Word) on the content or the results of the event should be submitted to the Embassy of Japan in the UAE, the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

4. Points to Note

  • (1) Notes for sending application
    • (a) Submitted documents will not be returned.
    • (b) We may contact you and ask for submission of additional documents if application is incomplete.
    • (c) Last-minute application or application lacking sufficient documentation may not be accepted.
    • (d) Any inquiries regarding the screening process will not be responded to.
  • (2) Notes for the preparation and implementation of events
    • (a) Organizers of the event shall bear full responsibility for the implementation of the event even when it is endorsed as the commemorative event, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will not bear any responsibility by the endorsement of the event. Endorsement of the event does not mean providing financial support for the event.
    • (b) In a case that the event is cancelled or major change of the event is made, the information should be reported promptly to the Embassy of Japan in the UAE, the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
    • (c) The official recognition can be withdrawn if any of the following cases below apply.
      • When the organizer did not report to the Embassy of Japan in the UAE, the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan promptly in case the content of the event was changed from the time of application.
      • When it turned out that the event falls under any of the cases of 1(3) (a) to (f) as details of the event that had not been included in the application documents were later identified or the content of the event was changed from the time of application.
      • When the organizer changed the aspect ratio, color or design of the anniversary logo, or used the anniversary logo for non-authorized events.

5. Inquires

(1) For applicants in the UAE
Embassy of Japan in the United Arab Emirates
Address: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 2430
Tel: +971-2443-5696
Email: culture@ab.mofa.go.jp
Consulate General of Japan in Dubai
Address: 28th Floor, Dubai World Trade Centre Building, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 9336
Tel: +971-4293-8888
Email: culture@du.mofa.go.jp
(2) For applicants in Japan
Second Middle East Division, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Address: 2-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8919
Tel: 03-5501-8314
Email: japan-uae50@mofa.go.jp

We are looking for your messages and experiences to bridge Japan and UAE!

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and the UAE. In celebration of this occasion, Embassy of Japan in the UAE calls for your messages and unique experiences to bridge our two countries, and publish them in the Embassy’s 50th anniversary brochure and/or SNS.
Please see below for the details.


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