India-UAE contacts have intensified in the recent months with the foreign minister coming to India for the 3rd visit between them in less than a year. SM Krishna will also be going to UAE later in May to attend the India- Arab biannual conclave summit in UAE which will be their fourth visit. POssibly the most extensive Foreign minister vists in the last year between any country that India has. India-UAE trade is our biggest trade relationship with around $68 Billion in trade and around 1.7 million Indian expats living there including a big business community. Most Interesting was the UAE ambassador mentioning that India-UAE are working together on stablising Afghanistan but also the extensive discussions on the maritime piracy issue as well as stablising Somalia. This adds more weight to the earlier thread I created on India taking a keen interest in Somalia particularly building up its security forces. ________ MEA - Ministry of External Affairs External Affairs Minister Shri S.M. Krishna is to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 14th to 16th April 2012. Relations between India and the UAE are deeply rooted in history and age-old economic, socio-cultural interactions and extensive people to people contacts. During the visit the External Affairs Minister is to preside, along with his counterpart His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE, over the 10th Session of India-United Arab Emirates Joint Commission for Technical & Economic cooperation (JCM). The JCM is alternatively held in New Delhi and Abu Dhabi. Some key agreements on double taxation and consular issues are to be signed during the visit. Indiaâ€™s bilateral trade with the UAE in 2010-2011 was estimated at US $ 67 billion and is likely to increase further. India and UAE were each otherâ€™s largest trade partners in 2010-2011. UAE is a significant investor in India in terms of FDI. These investments are largely concentrated in Energy; Services; Programming; Construction; and, Tourism and Hotels. Several prominent private and public sector Indian companies and banks are operating in the UAE. Both countries have regular exchange of dialogue in the field of defence. There have been goodwill visits of Indian Navy ships to the UAE from time-to-time. In recent years, bilateral defence cooperation has been strengthened. UAE is home to an Indian expatriate community of more than 1.75 million â€“ the largest expatriate community in the UAE. During his visit to the UAE the External Affairs Minister will also interact with Heads of Indian Missions in the region at a conference convened in Abu Dhabi.