The world, as we know it, is going through an unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting around 7 million (and counting) people around the world. Governments across the globe have put in place measures to curb the spread of the virus, such as travel bans, lockdowns, stay at home policies, social distancing, and a slew of other precautionary means. Amid this crisis, there is a lot of doubt and uncertainty of what lies ahead.

His Excellency Zaki Nusseibeh from the UAE and Dr Shashi Tharoor from India discusses the mood of the two nations; how the two countries have reacted and adapted to the pandemic; how they see the world moving ahead by finding new opportunities in this new normal.

His Excellency Zaki Nusseibeh is the UAE’s Minister of State. During the presidency of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, he served as the Head of Media Bureau at the Presidential Court. He was also the Vice President of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, as well as a Board member of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

Dr Shashi Tharoor is an author, politician and former international civil servant, and currently a third-term member of the Indian Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs. During his three-decade-long prior career at the United Nations, he has served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker and administrator, serving as Under Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s leadership.