On November 27, H. E. Mr. Abdelwahab Nasir Abdalla Hassan Al Najjar, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Arab Emirates to the Republic of Bulgaria,

and his wife gave a reception at Marinela Sofia Hotel on the occasion of the UAE National Day. It was attended by officials and senior civil servants, ambassadors and diplomats, businessmen, journalists and friends of the Emirates.

For already 47 years the United Arab Emirates celebrate with joy and pride their unification on 2 December. In his welcoming speech to the guests, H. E. Mr. Abdelwahab Nasir Abdalla Hassan Al Najjar, said: "My homeland is moving steadily, firmly, with wisdom and determination in the footsteps of the founder and builder of our state, the late - his bright memory, His HighnessSheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, under the leadership of His HighnessSheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, President of the UAE, and his brothers - members of the Supreme Council, the Rulers of the Emirates, and with the help of the faithful compatriots who are at the heart of the country's formation and development, as well as of many political, economic, cultural and social achievements."

He underlined that the celebrations on the occasion of the 47th National Day coincided with the announced in the UAE 2018 as the Year of Zayed due to the celebration of the centenary of His Highness, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, called "the Arabian sage" . "The Principles and Values ​​of His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan are the basis of the modern cultural and economic revival of the country and inspired the wise leadership to build its flourishing future and to strengthen its prestige among the countries in the region and in the world and to affirm its position as an oasis of peace, security, tolerance, political stability and economic and social development."

Also, the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan envisaged the construction of a comprehensive economic system over time. This vision was achieved through the success of the state in building an active, prosperous and attractive business environment for foreign direct investment. The UAE took the leadof Arab countries in attracting foreign direct investment in 2017, and this confirmed the country's position as a strategic trade center that offers foreign investors the opportunity to enter regional markets and the opportunity for free transfer of money and profits. In addition, there are laws in the country, an effective legal system, neutral courts and laws to protect foreign investments, and low tariffs, which range around 0-5% for all commodities."

The ambassador pointed out that one of the most important things that the country is currently working on is the forthcoming "EXPO DUBAI 2020". He also emphasized the achievement that everyone in the Emirates is proud of - the launch of the "KhalifaSat", the first fully manufactured by Emirati engineers in the UAE satellite.

Regarding the achieved level in bilateral relations between the UAE and the Republic of Bulgaria, the ambassador said that "the last bilateral visits between the two countries are a strong and faithful sign of strong ties. We hope that these relationswill reach even higher levels."

After the brief welcoming speech, the many guests had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing variety of traditional Emirati dishes. The most impressive were the sweets, which were like a fairy tale of one thousand and one night. As well as the traditional tea and coffee delivered from the UAE, especially for the National Day celebration.

The photos are provided by the UAE Embassy.