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China National Day: Expats feel at home in the UAE

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Chinese expats in the UAE – from long-term residents to those who had just moved in – could feel how strong ties have grown between their homeland and their second home. And as they celebrate Chinese National Day today, they hail how the Emirates has always made them feel welcome.

Deyuan Wei, director of Beijing Tong Ren Tang, has been in the country for the past 27 years and, for him, the UAE has been a “fantastic place to live in”.

“The UAE and China are strategic partners and I feel that the relationship has now become stronger than ever before,” Deyuan said.

“The infrastructure in the UAE is world-class and tolerance is one of the core values of the society. Many people from different nationalities live here peacefully. This is my home now and life is so comfortable here.”

As the first Chinese school opened in Dubai last month, Chinese educators have also started experiencing the UAE life and they said it’s “far beyond what they expected”.

Yin Liping, founding principal of Chinese School Dubai, said: “I came to this country in March this year and I along with my staff who came from China, already feel at home here. People are very friendly and life here is far more comfortable than what we had expected.

“We are all very happy living here. Everything is very convenient and organised.”

For their Chinese National Day celebrations, the schoolchildren and staff watched a short film on the history of China on Wednesday, Yin said.

‘Golden age’

Li Xuhang, Consul-General of China in Dubai, said the UAE and China have entered “a golden age”.

“The UAE has the deepest, widest and most fruitful cooperation with China among countries in the region. We are currently in the golden age of the 100-year road map outlined by the leaders of both countries. China-UAE relations are included in the long-term plan and have entered a golden age,” Li said during a recent address to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The consul-general also underlined how the UAE has stood in solidarity with China especially in the fight against Covid-19. On two occasions, the country’s iconic landmarks, including the Burj Khalifa, lit up in the colors of China’s flag to express unity.

Later, the Chinese mission organised an online conference where Chinese doctors and experts shared Covid-19 knowledge and experience with their counterparts in the UAE, the envoy said.

“Fighting the pandemic deepened the friendship between the two peoples. The two countries strengthened cooperation and, also, the two countries showed great responsibility in supporting more than 100 other countries’ battle against Covid-19. So, we can say the pandemic makes the China-UAE relationships much stronger,” Li said.

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