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Overview

Overview of Thai-UAE Bilateral Relations

Thailand and the United Arab Emirates established diplomatic relations on 12 December 1975. Thailand opened its Consulate-General office in Dubai in January in 1992 and its Embassy on 3 November 1994. The United Arab Emirates opened its Embassy in Bangkok in April 1998.

 

The UAE is seen as the gateway of Thailand to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and is the number one trading partner for Thailand in the region. In 2014, the volume of bilateral trade reached almost 16 billion US$. Major exports from Thailand include: motor cars, parts and accessories; precious stones and jewellery, automatic data processing machines, air-conditioners and machinery. Major imports from the UAE to Thailand include crude oil, finished oil, natural gas, and metal ores.

 

Thailand imports the most amount of oil from the UAE, around 33% of all oil imports from around the world. The Thai government and ADNOC have signed a G to G contract since 1994.

 

Since 25 July 2007, the UAE has allowed imports of Halal cooked chicken from Thailand to gain entry into the UAE market. This is seen as a stepping stone for further imports into other countries in the Middle East, Africa and CIS.

 

In terms of tourism, the number of UAE tourists arrival in Thailand is highest among all GCC nationalities. In 2015, the number of tourists arrival with UAE nationality reached around 122,000. Apart from popular tourist sites, the other main reason for traveling to Thailand is for medical purposes (medical tourism). At the same time, the UAE is also the top destination for Thai tourists traveling to the Middle East region.

 

As for labour cooperation, there are approximately 9,000 Thais living and working in the UAE. Most of the Thai workers here are skilled and semi-skilled workers employed in industry and petro-chemical, services, construction fields.

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Royal Thai Embassy, Abu Dhabi

May 2016