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His Excellency Milos Perisic

 

By Shereen Shbnam

Born in 1982, His Excellency Milos Perisic, Charge D’Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Abu Dhabi is a dynamic personality with a mission to strengthen relations between Serbia and UAE. He arrived in the UAE four years ago in 2013 to establish the Embassy of Serbia.

His Excellency Milos Perisic graduated from the Faculty for Law at Belgrade University and then worked at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia – Unit for international projects. After that he became the Head of General Management and Property Department of his home city Valjevo.

Soon after, His Excellency Milos Perisic joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Republic of Serbia. His first post was as Deputy Ambassador of Serbia in Iraq from 2011 to 2013 before heading to Abu Dhabi so he is very familiar with the culture, tradition and heritage of the region.

One of the key tasks of His Excellency Milos Perisic is to enhance cooperation between UAE and Serbia in the areas of economy, trade, education and sports while working jointly with the UAE Ambassador in Belgrade, His Excellency Juma Rashed Saif Zayed Aldhaheri so that citizens of both countries have a better understanding of each other.

Most Serbians see UAE as a tourism destination but His Excellency Milos Perisic likes to talk about the success of Etihad Airways, Emirates Airlines or Masdar Institute as well as the technology and manpower that helped UAE achieve so much for 40 years. Also the increase in trade exchange where figures show that trade almost doubled in 2016 with 122 Million of trade exchange between Serbia and UAE.

One of the greatest achievements of His Excellency Milos Perisic includes signing a number of agreements in various fields and bringing high quality UAE companies to Serbia like Etihad airlines, which became a partner of Air Serbia in 2013 and is now a shareholder in the national carrier Air Serbia.

In addition, Eagle Hills Properties LLC, which is part of Emaar under Mr. Mohammed Alabbar has started the project in the Belgrade City developing the Belgrade Waterfront, which is one of the biggest projects in Southeastern Europe almost completing the first phase of the construction with residential towers, a shopping mall and hotels. He also mentions the Al Dahra and Al Rawafid Companies from the UAE investing in agriculture in Serbia.

Most of the work done by His Excellency Milos Perisic involves making decisions on inviting UAE companies to invest in Serbia and inviting Serbian companies to invest in the UAE so providing accurate and right information is crucial as he is accountable for both sides especially when there are delegations visiting both countries looking for mutually beneficial projects.

His Excellency Milos Perisic mentions that Serbia has confirmed their participation in Expo 2020 in Dubai and this will be a way to promote the country through major exhibitions held in the UAE and allows businesses to explore the market for opportunities.

After six years experience working in diplomacy, His Excellency Milos Perisic advises young aspiring Diplomats to read as much as they can in different genres as each book has something interesting to learn from and he encourages them to discover different places to connect their country to a different country in all the fields.

For instance, His Excellency Milos Perisic connected many entities from UAE such as Sharjah Museums with Serbian Museums, Sharjah Book Fair to Belgrade Book Fair as well as different institutions, ministries and sports councils to their counterparts in Serbia to share sports interests like Volleyball, basketball, water polo and common interests in Art.

His Excellency Milos Perisic also encourages Serbians to visit UAE and UAE nationals to visit Serbia to meet the Serbian people and to experience the culture, traditional hospitality and cuisine, especially the barbecue, kebabs and stuffed cabbage with mixed meat.

On the personal front, His Excellency Milos Perisic has been married for three months recently and his wife lives with him in the UAE. He has travelled the most in Greece and his favorite island there is the Aegina Island. During his free time, His Excellency Milos Perisic enjoys hiking, walking, swimming and football with friends and UAE gives him the opportunity to experience water skiing and snorkeling.

We ask His Excellency Milos Perisic who has influenced him the most and he mentions the Late Sheikh Zayed, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed Rashid from UAE and from Serbia he admires the Scientist Nikola Tesla who invented Electricity and continues to inspire each Serbian.

His Excellency Milos Perisic finds the UAE a great place to work, with more than 200 nationalities as visitors and residents enjoy the mountains, the sea, the desert in one place and he cherishes the memories he is making while based in the UAE. We wish him the best in all his endeavours.

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