The bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Norway began on February 11th, 1974. In 1994, the Kingdom of Norway opened its embassy in the UAE. The new Norwegian Ambassador to UAE, Mr. Jens Eikaas, presented his credentials on October 28th, 2015. The Embassy of United Arab Emirates was opened in Oslo in June 2014. His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Juwaid, the UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, presented his credentials to King Harald V of Norway on May 8th, 2014.
The recent visit by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the Kingdom of Norway in June 2014, had a positive impact. His Highness expressed the UAE's keenness to open new horizons for cooperation with Norway, especially in political, economic and investment fields. It should be noted that there is ongoing cooperation between Norway and UAE in the field of humanitarian and development assistance.
Economic relations between the two countries are at their highest level. The Kingdom of Norway has good economic relations with the UAE, which reflected positively on the level of political relations. It is worth mentioning that the volume of non-oil trade between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Norway for the year 2016 amounted to 244.7 million USD, according to a report from the Ministry of Economy.
The two countries are also working to strengthen their economic relations and common interests. The United Arab Emirates exports to Norway include aluminum and its products, natural pearls and precious stones, ceramic products. United Arab Emirates imports from Norway include machinery and tools, electrical appliances and parts, fish and crustaceans.
The plans of the UAE government to develop economic and investment sectors at the regional and international levels have attracted many companies from Norway and other countries to invest in various sectors in the UAE, especially oil and gas, marine services, information and communication technology, food and fish products, as well as many small companies working in the fields of furniture and interior designs. The number of Norwegian companies in the UAE is about 100 companies in various sectors, mainly in oil and gas, maritime transport and advanced technology. Norway has expertise and technological capabilities, especially in the sectors of energy, petrochemicals and constructions.
The two countries also have a memorandum on mutual visa exemption for passports, and there have been direct daily flights for Fly Emirates since September 2014.
According to the statistics of 2015, the number of Norwegian citizens living in the UAE was about 1255, and the number of Norwegian tourists was 49.559 tourists. The Kingdom of Norway is considered one of the attractions for the UAE tourists, and the number of visitors from the United Arab Emirates was 716.