UAE to launch More electric vehicles and flying cars

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

Ou Boqian, the Consul General of China, ushers in an era of heightened cooperation between China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), highlighting a burgeoning partnership characterized by technological innovation and economic collaboration.

As the UAE gears up to welcome an influx of Chinese-manufactured electric vehicles (EVs) and even ventures into the realm of flying cars, Boqian underscores the pivotal role these advancements will play in bolstering the UAE's economic diversification and sustainability.

Boqian underscores the symbiotic relationship between the UAE and China, tracing parallel trajectories of development over the past four decades. She draws parallels between the UAE's diversification initiatives, particularly in Dubai, and China's transformative economic reforms, which commenced in the late 1970s. The significant economic strides made by both nations serve as a testament to their shared commitment to progress.

Highlighting the demographic shift, Boqian notes the substantial presence of Chinese expatriates and businesses in the UAE, with over 370,000 Chinese residents and 8,000 businesses operating in Dubai alone. This influx underscores the robust bilateral ties and the attractiveness of the UAE as a destination for Chinese investment and talent.

Moreover, Boqian underscores the UAE's active participation in China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at fostering global connectivity through trade and infrastructure development. She identifies Dubai as an increasingly attractive market for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, buoyed by the city's commitment to embracing cutting-edge technologies for its smart city initiatives.

The consul general sheds light on the remarkable advancements in Chinese-made flying taxis, exemplified by the successful test flight of the XPeng X2 during the Gitex Global Technology Show. With its capability to accommodate two passengers and achieve speeds of up to 130km per hour, this innovative mode of transport epitomizes the convergence of technology and mobility.

Beyond economic partnerships, Boqian emphasizes the significance of cultural exchanges and people-to-people relations in fortifying bilateral relations. She underscores initiatives to promote cultural understanding, language education, and academic collaboration between the two nations, envisioning a future where Chinese students flock to UAE universities and cultural ties flourish.

In the realm of tourism, Boqian anticipates a resurgence in Chinese visitors to the UAE, aiming to surpass pre-pandemic levels. She envisions a rich tapestry of cultural events and diplomatic engagements to further strengthen bilateral ties and foster mutual understanding.

Boqian's illustrious diplomatic career and diverse postings underscore her deep-rooted commitment to fostering cooperation and understanding among nations. Her tenure in Dubai marks a pivotal juncture in the dynamic relationship between China and the UAE, characterized by innovation, collaboration, and mutual prosperity.

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