Videoconference A Closer Look at the United Arab Emirates

09 Apr 2013



Dr. Alsaghira Al Ahbabi
Second Secretary

Mr. Saud H. Al Nowais
Commercial Counselor

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Washington D.C.

1:25-2:10 p.m. EDT


Since its founding in 1971, the United Arab Emirates has transformed into one of the economic powerhouses of the Middle East — a modern and dynamic hub of commerce, trade, and culture. In a rapidly changing region, the UAE has embraced diversity and promoted the role of women in the workforce and government.

How is the government of the United Arab Emirates encouraging innovation and sustainable growth? How is the leadership of the UAE addressing demographic opportunities and challenges? How has the government managed to weather the Arab Spring? What is the current state of the relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates? During this videoconference, students will have the opportunity to speak directly with two officials from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates about these topics and more.

Dr. Alsaghira Al Ahbabi is Second Secretary at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. She directs the think tanks and NGOs office in the Political Department. Her duties include monitoring, studying, and analyzing current issues and policies that influence the Middle East, with a specific focus on the UAE. Dr. Al Ahbabi received a B.A from Cairo University, an M.A. from California State University — Sacramento, and her Ph.D. from George Washington University.

Saud Al Nowais, Commercial Counselor for the United Arab Emirates to the United States, took office in July 2009. Since then, he has focused on strengthening the bilateral trade relationship between the U.S. and the UAE, assisting both countries in identifying mutually beneficial trade and investment opportunities. Mr. Al Nowais worked on energy-related projects and programs, such as oil and gas initiatives, alternative sources of energy, and — most recently — the UAE’s nuclear program.

Participation via Videoconference
A limited number of schools can register to participate via videoconference. Videoconference equipment is required. Click here to register.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Sponsored By: 
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Amiena Mahsoob, 412-281-7970.
Target Audience: 
General Public
Higher Education
Presenter Type: 
Independent Consultant