His Excellency Abdalla Shaheen, UAE Consul General in New York, completed a visit to Albany, New York this week. The Consul General met with a wide range of important political, business, and cultural stakeholders and highlighted the deep economic ties between the UAE and New York.
Following a tour of the historic New York State Capitol Building, Consul General Shaheen met with Carl Heastie, Speaker of the New York State Assembly. They discussed commercial ties between the UAE and New York as well as future opportunities for investment in the state. Consul General Shaheen was also introduced and welcomed onto the floor of the New York State Assembly by Assembly woman Carrie Woerner.
It was an honor and a pleasure to welcome His Excellency Abdalla Shaheen to the New York State Assembly this week, said Assembly woman Woerner. I appreciate the friendship that he has fostered between the UAE and New York’s Capital Region.
Assembly woman Woerner’s District includes Global Foundries’ Fab 8. The company is owned by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company and employs 3,000 people at the facility. The investment also supports an additional 15,000 indirect jobs in the New York Capital Region.
The trade and investment relationship between the UAE and the State of New York is significant and growing, said Consul General Shaheen. This visit will strengthen relationships with key UAE partners in the Capital Region and forge new opportunities for the community and the UAE.
Consul General Shaheen also attended an MOU signing between Livingston Energy Group, a Schenectady-based firm, and Volt.ae, an electric car charging company based in Dubai. With this agreement, the companies will jointly develop next-generation application enhancements and back office software integrations to provide both facility owners and electric vehicle drivers with an improved user experience and functionality in the US and worldwide. This relationship was an outcome of an economic development delegation from the Capital Region to the UAE organized by the UAE Consulate, Center for Economic Growth, and US-UAE Business Council in October 2019.
The MOU between Livingston Energy Group and Volt.ae is a perfect example of a developing US-UAE business partnership between two companies separated by thousands of miles. Partnerships like these not only bring two businesses together, but also deepen ties between the people of the UAE and New York, said Consul General Shaheen.
Consul General Shaheen then toured SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) to discuss ongoing US-UAE academic partnerships. After meeting with HVCC’s President Roger Ramsammy, Consul General Shaheen toured HVCC’s Gene F. Haas Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills, Health Technologies Center, and Science Center.
During the visit, Consul General Shaheen also met with the senior leadership of Global Foundries, based in Malta, New York, to discuss the ongoing economic relationship between the State of New York and the UAE.
The UAE maintains a strong economic and commercial relationship with the State of New York. In 2018, New York exported over $2 billion worth of goods to the UAE, supporting thousands of high-paying, skilled jobs in the state.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs