Middle East

Japan-United Arab Emirates Relations (Basic Data)

August 18, 2014

1. Political and Diplomatic Areas

  • (1) Japan recognised the UAE as an independent state in December 1971.
  • (2) Japan opend its embassy in the UAE in April 1974, while the UAE opened its embassy in Japan in December 1973.
  • (3) Japan opened its consulate general in Dubai in January 1995.
  • (4) The late President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan visited Japan as a state guest in May 1990.
    H.I.H. Crown Prince and H.I.H. Crown Princess of Japan visited the UAE in January 1995.
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Japan as a guest of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2004.
    Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe officially visited the UAE and convened a meeting with President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in April 2007.
    Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Japan on an official working visit in December 2007.
  • (5) President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum sent His Imperial Majesty a condolence telegram for the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Minister of Foreign Affairs H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other senior officials signed the condolence book at the Embassy of Japan in the UAE.
  • (6) Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Koichiro Gemba visited the UAE in January 2012.
    Minister of Foreign Affairs H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Japan in April 2013.
  • (7) Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe visited the UAE in May 2013. He convened meetings with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, when Japan and the UAE jointly announced the statement on the strengthening of the comprehensive partnership between Japan and the UAE towards stability and prosperity.
  • (8) Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Japan as an official guest in February 2014 to follow up the Joint Statement issued during the Prime Minister’s visit to the UAE in May 2013.

2. Economic Relations

(a) Amount of trade (2012, Japan's Ministry of Finance Trade Statistics)

  • Export to the UAE: USD 9 billion
  • Import from the UAE: USD 44 billion

(b) Major trade items

  • Export to the UAE: petroleum, LNG and aluminium
  • Import from the UAE: automobiles, machinery and electric products

(c) Economic cooperation

  1. ODA loans: none
  2. Grant aid: JPY 500 million (1 project in 1990)
  3. Technical cooperation: accumulated total JPY 3.727 billion (until 2002)

* The UAE has become no longer an ODA-eligible country in 1995 according to the DAC definitions.

3. Cultural Areas

In 2004, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan visited Japan and signed the “Memorandum of Cooperation on Higher Education and Scientific Research” with his counterpart Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Mr. Takeo Kawamura.

4. Number of Japanese Residents in the UAE

Approximately 3,459 (as of October 2013). There are Japanese schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

5. Major Exchanges of VIPs

(1) From Japan to the UAE

From Japan to UAE
Date VIP
January 1995H.I.H. Crown Prince and H.I.H. Crown Princess
December 1996Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Mr. Masahiko Koumura (to attend the 25th Anniversary Ceremony of Independent)
May 1999Minister for International Trade and Industry Mr. Kaoru Yosano
January 2001Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Yohei Kouno
July 2001Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Takeo Hiranuma
January 2004Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi
November 2004Ambassador Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi (Aide to Prime Minister, ex-Minister for Foreign Affairs, condolence visit for H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President)
April 2007Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe
January 2008Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Akira Amari
October 2008Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Seiko Hashimoto
October 2009Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Masayuki Naoshima
January 2011Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Akihiro Ohata
October 2011Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Yukio Edano
January 2012Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Koichiro Gemba
February 2013Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi
May 2013Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe
January 2014Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi

(2) From the UAE to Japan (since 1980)

From UAE to Japan
Date VIP
July 1980Minister of Petroleum H.E. Dr. Maneh Said Al Otaiba
October 1981Minister of Petroleum H.E. Dr. Maneh Said Al Otaiba
November 1983Minister of Defense H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Maklswm Al Maktoum
March 1984Minister of Petroleum H.E. Dr. Maneh Said Al Otaiba
September 1986Minister of Petroleum H.E. Dr. Maneh Said Al Otaiba
February 1988Minister of Petroleum H.E. Dr. Maneh Said Al Otaiba
February 1989H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H.E. Rashid Abdullah Al-Nuaimi (to attend the state funeral for the late His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Showa)
May 1990The late President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (on a state visit)
November 1990H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (to attend the enthronement ceremony for His Imperial Majesty Akihito)
November 1994Minister of Economy and Commerce H.E. Said Ahmed Al Ghobash
April 1996H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
January 2002Minister of Economy H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi
September 2002Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources H.E. Obeid bin Seif Al Nasseri
April 2004Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan (upon invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
April 2007Minister of Economy H.E. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi
December 2007Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (on an official working visit)
April 2009Minister of Foreign Affairs H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
April 2010H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah
May 2011Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
April 2013Minister of Foreign Affairs H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
February 2014Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (on an official working visit)

6. Bilateral Treaties and Agreements

  • (1) Agreement between Japan and the United Arab Emirates for Air Services (March 1998)
  • (2) Agreement between Japan and the United Arab Emirates Concerning the Avoidance of Double Taxation on Income in Respect of the Operation of Ships or Aircraft in International Traffic (June 2004)
  • (3) Agreement between the Government of Japan and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (July 2014)

7. Diplomatic Representations

  • (1) Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Yoshihiko Kamo
  • (2) Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Saeed Ali Yousef Al-Nowais