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Khalifa tours Dubai's signature landmarks

posted on 15/04/2009: 1369 views



President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid yesterday an inspection tour of a number of major civilisational landmarks and development projects in Dubai.

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum welcomed the President at the entrance of Dubai in Jebel Ali area.

Sheikh Mohammed highly appreciated the visit of Sheikh Khalifa who praised him as leader of the march of good and welfare.

Sheikh Mohammed said he was pleased with the care shown by the President for following up development projects in the country.

Sheikh Khalifa started his tour with stop at the marina and Jumierah Beach Residence where he acquainted himself with residential and recreational facilities including towers, offices, shopping centres, marinas, and world class hotels and resorts.

Jumierah Palm was the second stop in the President's tour and from there the presidential motorcade proceeded to the Union House, which saw the signing of the document for establishment of the UAE Federation. He also saw the UAE flag fluttering at the world's tallest post.

At the final leg of the tour, the President moved to Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower. From the tallest free-standing structure, the President saw the surrounding developments which feature residential and commercial buildings, retail spaces, hotels and entertainment elements, reflecting the social and cultural diversity in the country.

Sheikh Khalifa expressed his admiration at the integrated civilisational facet of the country and blessed the qualitative development plans being carried out by Dubai.

These developments, the President affirmed, provide direct support to the national economy and the country's sustainable development.

He also commended the wise vision of Sheikh Mohammed which he said is complementing the strategy of the leadership and government of the UAE.

'Sheikh Mohammed's vision is part and parcel of the government comprehensive strategy which as a leadership is striving to maximise its elements to improve living conditions of the citizen, education standards and provide all factors of stability and strength to our citizens,' the President said.

'Any civilisational, economic, scientific or sports achievement scored by any emirate or a citizen is a national honour to our country and people.

All should be proud of this success as well as all other gains of our great nation and its authentic Arab heritage, culture and values,' the President added.

At the end of the tour, the presidential motorcade drove to the Zabeel Palace where the two leaders held fraternal talks focusing on a host of issues related to the national development.

Sheikh Khalifa was briefed by Sheikh Mohammed on plans and programmes Dubai is planning to implement in future. For his part, the President welcomed every move that will deliver promising future to ' our beloved nation and people'.

'Development projects being executed by each emirate in the country are complementing each other and boosting national economy and standing of the country regionally and internationally .....They also serve interests of sons and daughters in any corner of the beloved UAE land,' he stressed.

Sheikh Khalifa was accompanied by H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs.

Sheikh Mohammed hosted a luncheon in honour of the President at the Zabeel Palace. The banquet was attended by a number of Sheikhs, ministers and top officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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