Last week the Municipality of Dubai proposed a twinning project with the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil, to foster cooperation on a number of issues, especially regarding the real estate market, e-governance and reducing bureaucracy in government institutions.
The proposal came at a Kurdistan – United Arab Emirates trade forum held in Erbil on 25 May and organized by the Kurdistan Region Board of Investment. The forum focused on real estate development in Erbil and housing in Kurdistan in general.
The forum was attended by a number of senior officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government as well as businessmen and investors from both Kurdistan and the United Arab Emirates.
During the forum UAE Consul General Rashid al-Mansouri said, "The UAE has always been welcome here in Kurdistan and we are working hard to promote the economy and infrastructure of the Region."
He added that the UAE hopes to consolidate and strengthen its economic relations with Kurdistan and that this type of forum will certainly not be the last. The Consul General envisions many further projects and forums between the two sides.
For his part the Governor of Erbil, Nawzad Hadi, said that Kurdistan and the UAE share a special relationship and that the UAE helps connect Kurdistan to the outside world. He described the forum as a good opportunity to look at the experiences and success of the UAE, and particularly Dubai.