Macedonia became an independent sovereign state in 1991. When it was about to become a member of the United Nations, the United Arab Emirates were one of the countries of the Arab World which gave support to Macedonia's membership in the organization.
The UAE are also one of 127 countries recognizing the constitutional name of Macedonia. The United Arab Emirates have a clear position concerning the Macedonian name issue, always using the constitutional name Republic of Macedonia.
The UAE very much appreciates Macedonia's role and support concerning the peace process in the Middle East. Also, the United Arab Emirates attach great importance to the region of Southeastern Europe.
In April 2008, upon the meeting of UAE Minister of Economy, H.E. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri and Macedonian Minister of Foreign Investment Gligor Tashkovich, the countries recognized the underdeveloped relationship of their trade relationship and the need for further mutual investment. The countries were particularly interested in furthering industrial trade due to Macedonia's very business-friendly environment. As of June 2009, the economic relationship had significantly strengthened according to governmental officials.
↑Republic of Macedonia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs(English) The sole fact that 127 countries in the world have recognised the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name is a clear indicator of the consideration we have been treated with in global terms regarding the problem we are facing.