Philip Parham

Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

8th February 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

My speech at Family Office Forum Dubai on UK-GCC relations and a post-Brexit Global Britain

I am going to talk to you today about the relations between the Gulf and a Global Britain – an outward-looking nation thriving and prospering on the world stage. I will touch on the strength of the partnership, the shared interests which make this imperative, and, of course, the implications of Brexit. Partnership between the […]

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9th August 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

Britain’s global appeal remains unhindered

On 23 June, the British people voted to leave the European Union (EU). The new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been clear that Brexit means Brexit. Some commentators – in the UAE media and elsewhere – have suggested that Britain is in retreat, that Brexit is another sign of the UK stepping back from […]

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21st April 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

UK Ambassador to the UAE on the occasion of The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Your Highness[es], Excellencies, Ladies & Gentlemen: welcome – from me and from my wife Kasia – to our goodly manor, this towered citadel, for this celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A particular and very big thank you to you, Your Highness Sheikh Nahayyan bin Mubarak Al Nahayyan, and to […]

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25th February 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

To the Moon, Mars and beyond

The UK and UAE Space Agencies this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a strategic space partnership. This will open the way for extensive cooperation between our two countries in space research, scientific missions and the search for popular applications. The MoU was signed bu UK Space Agency Chief Executive, Dr David Parker, […]

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7th February 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

International community must act now on Syria

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the civil war in Syria, the most urgent humanitarian catastrophe of our time continues. A quarter of a million lives have been lost. The international community must significantly step up its efforts and act now to support the 18 million people in Syria and neighbouring countries who are […]

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4th October 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Edward Hobart

Former Consul General to Dubai

Guest blog: Farewell from Edward Hobart

I arrived in the UAE in 2011, not long after the Global Financial Crisis, with many questions unanswered about the future of Dubai’s economic model. The recovery has exceeded most expectations (though His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum sets his own extraordinarily high standards – see below). It has been a privilege in […]

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2nd September 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tobias Ellwood

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates: strategic partners for generations to come

Yesterday I returned to the UAE. The Middle Eastern destination I have frequented the most since becoming a Member of the UK’s Parliament. I am delighted to be back and witness yet again the generosity of the Emirati culture and the common ties which bind us; from regional security matters to growing commercial ties covering […]

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29th March 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

Guest blog: Paul Fox Charge d’affaires – Celebrating three great English exports in 2015

In 2015, England marks two major anniversaries. It will be 800 years since the Magna Carta was sealed and 750 years since the formation of the first English parliament. Anyone who is interested in seeing the document that has been described as England’s greatest export need only visit the British Library, where not one but […]

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8th March 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

Guest blog: Muna Harib AlMuhairi – International Women’s Day

20 years ago, the fourth “World Conference on Women” met in Beijing from 4-15 September 1995. The conference launched a historical document to promote and protect women’s rights around the world: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The declaration stated that all participating governments would work to advance the goals of equality, development and […]

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2nd February 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

To find out about things

Ten years ago, the UN General Assembly designated 27 January the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Why? The Nazis’ murder of six million Jews, along with several million other concentration camps victims, is not the only example of humanity’s capacity for brutality on a huge scale. Indeed, sadly, […]

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