Oct 31

Emirates Diplomatic Academy Delivers the UAE’s Message of Tolerance to Top International Diplomats

Oct 31, 2019

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, has concluded its global communications programme ‘Your Journey in the UAE’ that hosted 12 prominent diplomats from Argentine, Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, Uruguay and Uzbekistan. 

The five-day programme, held in Abu Dhabi, targeted diplomats from foreign ministries of various countries. The tailored training course aimed to familiarise the participants with the UAE to enable them to convey relevant and comprehensive information about the country to their fellow citizens, in addition to facilitating knowledge and experience sharing.

The programme highlighted four key themes – Nation Branding and Soft Power, UAE History and Culture, UAE Public and Cultural Diplomacy, and UAE Foreign Policy. The carefully designed curriculum blended lectures with hands-on training and discussions that focused on collaborative learning and problem-solving in an interactive and dynamic learning environment.

The training agenda included a panel discussion on peace-making in the Middle East on the fourth day. Furthermore, the attendees participated in a series of meetings with officials from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), including a Youth Circle event. To provide a well-rounded learning experience, the itinerary also featured visits to cultural sites, such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre Abu Dhabi and Qasr Al Watan.

Speaking on the importance of the programme, Mariam Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Acting Deputy Director General of EDA, said: “Established to support the objectives of MoFAIC, EDA has consolidated its position as a prestigious platform for all matters relating to UAE foreign policy, research and leadership training. With the growing inter-connectedness of the world today, promoting the interests of the UAE on the global stage have become more important than ever. This programme seeks to help UAE stakeholders from foreign ministries keep pace with the latest trends dominating the country and enhance its reputation in the international arena.”

She added: “We are proud of the success of this programme that aspires to convey the UAE’s noble message of tolerance, openness and respect for different cultures to other countries.”

Through its executive training programmes, EDA seeks to provide the best scientific and practical expertise to prepare and qualify diplomats. Through providing them with insights that enable them to explore regional and global issues affecting the UAE, the Academy contributes to the consolidation of the nation’s prestigious position in the international arena.