In the next in a series of fortnightly interviews with ambassadors to the UAE, Amanda Fisher speaks with Canadian Ambassador Arif Lalani about the “new Middle East”, enhanced military ties and his burgeoning passion for falconry
The Uganda-born Canadian Ambassador to the UAE has had many official stints in countries in the Middle East — often more dangerous than his current patch. In 2006-07, he served as Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, before moving on to Afghanistan, where he remained ambassador till 2008 (“we were the third largest provider of development assistance at the time”). He has served as the ambassador to Jordan, and worked in Turkey and the US. Lalani moved to Canada in 1971, at the tender age of 5, before picking up a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics some years later.