Mohammed opens fifth FNC session, unveils new emblem

ABU DHABI - His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened the fifth ordinary session of the 14th legislative chapter of the Federal National Council (FNC) on Thursday.

By Adel Arafa

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Published: Fri 22 Oct 2010, 12:47 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:32 PM

Shaikh Mohammed during the opening session of the Federal National Council in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. — Wam

On arrival on the FNC premises, Shaikh Mohammed was welcomed by Speaker Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair. Shaikh Mohammed inspected a guard of honour and read out a decree issued by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on convening the FNC session.

In his opening address, Shaikh Mohammed expressed, on behalf of the President, the hope that the new term would be a qualitative addition in the House’s efforts in serving the nation and its citizens. He also paid tributes to the forefathers who laid the foundation of the UAE modern state and federation and strove to implement development projects in all walks of life for the welfare of citizens in “our beloved country”.

Also present were Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance; Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi; Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah; Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah; Shaikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah; Shaikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Crown Prince of Umm Al Quwain; Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research; and Abdullah Al Masaood, Chairman of the National Consultative Council, in addition to ministers, other Shaikhs and officials.

Shaikh Mohammed later unveiled a plaque marking the new FNC emblem. Al Ghurair, in his address, affirmed the FNC’s determination to play its legislative role.

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