By Hatem Hussein - Staff Reporter ABU DHABI, -- Trade ties between the UAE and the Netherlands are impressively growing, and the two countries have explored ways to "tune their educational curricula to ensure licensing of Dutch doctors in the UAE", Martin van Rijn, Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands, said to Emirates News Agency, WAM, The minister made the statements on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the opening of the new Netherlands embassy in Abu Dhabi which was officially inaugurated today by Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and the Dutch minister, along with representatives of 30 Dutch companies now on a visit to the UAE to explore ways of promoting bilateral trade relations.

On how the Dutch can make a difference in the UAE, the minister said, "Through their interactive approach to finding innovative solutions to the big challenges facing the world today. By being inventive, pragmatic and open to new challenges, the Dutch have created a flourishing and resilient land. We have signed agreements to participate in EXPO 2020 Dubai and more agreements are expected to be signed in areas of primary care and elderly care"

"We have discussed with the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention the best ways to exchange expertise in areas of primary and elderly care and I believe we can benefit from each other's experience in this field. We have a vast experience in areas of primary health and we'd love to share it with world countries."

"It is very impressive to see how the United Arab Emirates have evolved over the past 45 years, and it is exciting to see first hand the results of the UAE's ambitions. Our countries are important partners."

Bilateral trade between the UAE and Netherlands amounts to almost AED16 billion. The UAE is the largest export partner of the Netherlands in the GCC, and comes second only to Turkey as the largest export partner to Netherlands in the whole MENA region, according to the Dutch Minister.

On the prospects of further developing the bilateral trade relations, the minister expressed his country's keenness to advance cooperation between the two countries to higher levels.

"Now representatives of 30 Dutch companies are visiting the UAE to promote the exchange of knowledge in areas of building and construction, healthcare, building hospitals , along with a number of Dutch consultancies to make agreements with the UAE government."

The Netherlands' exports to the UAE include machinery, electronic and technical equipment, foodstuffs, pharmaceutical products, steel and plastic products while it imports mineral fuels, lubricants and chemicals from the UAE. It also imports dates from the UAE.

Multinationals such as Shell, Unilever, Philips have investments in the UAE.

Source: Emirates News Agency