Khalifa receives Queen Elizabeth

ABU DHABI -- President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan welcomed today at Al Mushrif Palace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is currently visiting the UAE.

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Published: Thu 25 Nov 2010, 5:43 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:11 PM

The President and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum were at hand to shake hand with Her Majesty upon arrival at the Palace.

Her Majesty was accorded red-carpet welcome and then she and host Shaikh Khalifa proceeded to the dais of honour where the British royal anthem was played as the Artillery fired the 21 rounds in salute of the Queen who then inspected a Guard of Honour.

Mohammed bin Rashid meets Queen Elizabeth

Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashidmet this morningHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

At the beginning of the meeting, Shaikh Mohammed asserted that UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan lends great attention to the historical relations between UAE and the United Kingdom. He added that the UAE leadership, government and people welcome this historical visit, which is a milestone in the course of cooperation relations between the two countries.

He also hailed the close cooperation relations between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

He added “We have a firm desire to build better relations and expand cooperation at all levels based on the common future vision which is full of optimism and confidence.”

For her part, Queen Elizabeth expressed her delight at visiting the UAE for the second time, commending UAE’s leadership keenness to develop and boost ties of friendship and cooperation between the two sides.

Shaikh Mohammed also discussed with Her Majesty the close bilateral relations between the two countries in economic, military, educational, cultural, tourism and sports fields. They also discussed in particular the excellent relations in the areas of trade and investment between the UAE and Britain.

The UAE remains Britain’s largest export market in the Middle East and the UK’s 13th largest in the world. The UAE is also a key source of foreign direct investment into Britain. The UAE invests in iconic projects and businesses such as the London Gateway that will be one of Europe’s largest port and logistics complexes; and the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

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