Relations between United Arab Emirates and Kenya are historical, but gained momentum politically and economically since the UAE opened its embassy in the country in 2012, Kenya having opened its Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1985. Various agreements have been signed, and both leaders have undertaken state visits with His Highness Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs state visit to Kenya in June 2015, and State Visit of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta to United Arab Emirates more than once, in addition to high level delegation visits by both countries.
In trade between the two states, 40% of Kenyan imports are from the UAE amounting to 2.6 Billion Dollars (petroleum products, electronics and clothes etc) and exports to the UAE goods (Tea, Coffee, Vegetables and fruits) amounting to 19.9 million USD.
There are Emirati companies active in investment in Kenya with a total investment of 1.8 Billion dollars according to estimates of Nairobi Securities Exchange.
The three airlines from the United Arab Emirates that operate in Kenya are: Emirates (2x flights a day) Etihad (1x daily) and Air Arabia ((1x daily).