Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The 20th November, 2016 marked an historic day in the relationship between St Kitts and Nevis and the United Arab Emirates as officials of both countries met in Dubai to sign an Air Services Agreement which is intended to pave the way for future air traffic between the two countries. In a high level ministerial meeting before the signing, St Kitts Nevis Foreign Minister Mark Brantley met with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Makotoum, (Chairman and CEO Emirates Airline, Dubai Aviation City Corporation, Dubai World, Flydubai, Noor Islamic Bank PJSC, Noor Investment Group, Noor Takaful General PJSC, and Noor Takaful Family PJSC) and Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimi (Minister of State and Cooperation and Managing Director for the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Committee) to discuss a wide range of issues centred around the deepening and broadening of relations between St. Kitts and Nevis and the UAE.

In addition to airlift between the UAE and the Caribbean, the Ministers discussed St Kitts Nevis’ participation in Dubai Expo 2020, mechanisms for St Kitts and Nevis to access the UAE’s US$50 million Caribbean Development Fund, the establishment of a St Kitts Nevis Embassy in Abu Dhabi to complement the work of its consulate in Dubai, and the provision of much needed scholarships and training to St Kitts and Nevis youth particularly in areas such as tourism and other service sectors. Minister Brantley will hold additional talks with UAE officials whilst on a brief visit and is scheduled to sign additional agreements including a Double Taxation Agreement, an Investor Protection Agreement and a Visa Waiver Agreement. The Foreign Minister is accompanied by St Kitts Nevis Consul General Justin Hawley and Deputy Consul General Elsa Wilkin Armbrister.

Standing (l – r) CG Hawley, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum – Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO and Chairman of the Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi – Minister of State and cooperation Managing Director of EXPO 2020. Sitting Hon. Mark Brantley and His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil AviationAuthority (GCAA)

CG Justin Hawley, Hon. Mark Brantley, His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaid, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi

DCG Elsa Wilkin Armbrister, CG Justin Hawley, His Excellency Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Hon. Mark Brantley, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi, Abdulla Youseef Al Hosani – Lawyer and Manager of Air Transport Agreements, and Ahmd Abdulhamid Almulla – Desk Officer with responsibility to the Caribbean.