Cultural Diplomacy in UAE Foreign Policy Towards China –Sheikh Zayed Center as a Model


Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the primary president of the United Arab Emirates, made soft power one of the pillars of the state’s foreign policy, and allowed cultural diplomacy to play more influential roles, this became an approach to which the Emirati political leadership was committed and keen to develop it. This reflected positively on the country's foreign relations in general and its relations with China in particular. China enjoys a distinguished position in the foreign policy of the UAE, and then the study monitors the thought of cultural diplomacy in the foreign policy of the UAE towards China, by conducting a case study of one of the most important features of relations between the two countries, which is “Sheikh Zayed Center for the study of Arabic language and Islamic studies” in Beijing Foreign Studies University, and an attempt to clarify the circumstances of the establishment of the center, its objectives, its various educational, cultural and artistic activities, the extent of the great and continuous support it received, and the keenness of senior Emirati and Arab officials, writers and thinkers to visit it. The Sheikh Zayed Center represents a distinguished model in UAE cultural diplomacy thanks to the impressive results achieved by the Center, whether on the educational level or in its constructive role in relations between the two countries, introducing the Chinese side to Emirati society, and building bridges of communication between Arab and Islamic culture and Chinese culture.

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Amr Mansour, Zhengzhou University, China

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Conference: BAMC2023
Stream: Cultural Studies

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Mansour A. (2023) Cultural Diplomacy in UAE Foreign Policy Towards China –Sheikh Zayed Center as a Model ISSN: 2435-9475 – The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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