Mohammed visit will boost ties: French expatriates

DUBAI — The two-day state visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to Paris is expected to add momentum to the growing relationship between France and the UAE, French expatriates in the UAE said yesterday.

By Riyasbabu (Staff reporter)

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Published: Thu 22 May 2008, 9:34 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:11 PM

The visit will not only boost bilateral relations but also help to cement relationships in socio-economic sectors, they said.

Christel Morizal-An, Director of French Business Council, Dubai and Northern Emirates, opined that the visit will open a new era of relations between both countries. “It is an honour for France. The French community is happy to participate in the growth of Dubai. The visit of Shaikh Mohammed definitely will boost the relations between the countries, especially in the economic sector,” she said.

“Shaikh Mohammed is an important figurer in the global economy. The visit will also boost strategic relations as UAE is a key player in the region,” she added.

Virgini Chillie, a French marketing executive in Dubai, said Shaikh Mohammed’s visit will boost bilateral and economic relations between the countries. “This is an important visit to cement not only Dubai-France relations but also the relationship between Europe and UAE.”

Johan Krafft, business development officer in a French company in Dubai, opined that the visit of Shaikh Mohammed to Europe will be a new benchmark in bilateral relations.

“A large number of French companies are operating in Dubai now. This visit will help to bring more French involvement in Dubai’s rapid growth. Politically, too, the visit is important as UAE is a key player in the region.”

Cedric Munier, another French marketing executive in Dubai, said, “The visit of Shaikh Mohammed will make UAE more popular in France.

“The visit will also boost bilateral relationship with both the countries. “I think it is an important visit. It will help in socio-cultural exchange between both the countries.”

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