His Excellency Abdullah Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary-General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, affirmed that Dubai enjoys a global reputation, supported by a strong and stable economy that always looks to the future, which guarantees it a distinguished and influential presence in the global scene, embodying the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy The President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, may God protect him, and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, in the field of developing and strengthening international cooperation relations and exchanging experiences with various cities of the world, and confirming Dubai’s attractiveness and openness to the world through agreements It contributes to building bridges of friendship and cooperation with other cities, pointing out that many cities around the world today are inspired by the Dubai model and seek to benefit from its success story..
This came during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the city of Dubai and the city of Belgrade, in the Serbian capital, and the memorandum was signed by His Excellency Abdullah Muhammad Al Basti, Secretary General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, and Alexander Šapić, Mayor of Belgrade..
His Excellency Al Basti said: “Many countries and cities are keen to benefit from the experience of Dubai, whose society includes more than 200 nationalities that live in complete harmony and harmony, and seek to identify the elements of its distinction as a preferred global destination for living and working..”
He explained, “We have friendly relations with the city of Belgrade, and we look forward to this agreement contributing to the consolidation of cooperation ties between us in many areas of common interest, and in advancing the development of cultural, economic and tourism relations, and exchanging information and experiences for the benefit of both parties.”“.
His Excellency added: “Such agreements reflect the extent of the world’s interest in Dubai, and the desire of many cities in the world to benefit from its pioneering experiences in various fields that have established its position as a global destination for visitors, investors, major institutions, entrepreneurs, creators and innovators, in light of the unprecedented development it is witnessing, and its It achieved world-class achievements, and what it represents as a model for the rest of the world’s aspiring cities“.
Promising joint opportunities
The memorandum of understanding promotes promising joint opportunities for cooperation between the two sides in various sectors. On the tourism level, the number of weekly flights between Dubai and Belgrade reaches 14 flights per week through Flydubai.“.
The understanding supports prospects for partnership between the two sides in developing the sectors of the digital economy and applications of artificial intelligence, software and automation, as Belgrade is an important center for emerging companies in the field of artificial intelligence, especially in the food security sectors. Serbia participated in Expo 2020 Dubai within the “Mobility” pavilion, displaying its qualitative capabilities in the areas of advanced technology..
Belgrade, known as the White City, is the capital and largest city of Serbia, and includes 17 municipalities. The population of the city and its suburbs exceeds 1.6 million people, according to the 2022 statistics, which makes it one of the largest cities in southeastern Europe, while the population of Serbia, according to the 2021 census, is about 6.8 million. . According to estimates for the year 2022, Serbia’s gross domestic product is estimated at $65 billion.
The memorandum of understanding between Dubai and Belgrade aims to enhance the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise between the two cities in many areas of common interest, and to promote close cooperation in the future, especially at the level of economy and tourism, culture and heritage, smart cities, health care and sports, and city planning..
The memorandum provides for the participation of experts and relevant institutions from both parties in designing and developing development policies that serve the strategic directions of the two cities, as well as developing mechanisms for cooperation and knowledge exchange, encouraging trade and economic exchange and investments, as well as exchanging information to improve and support the health, tourism and service sectors and other areas of strategic importance to both sides..
This understanding comes as part of a set of agreements between Dubai and many cities around the world, with which the emirate shares its pioneering model in service excellence, leadership, quality of life, creating opportunities and looking forward to the future with partners around the world.