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Sheikha Lubna receives top Spanish award

posted on 27/10/2011: 840 views

King Juan Carlos I of Spain has conferred the grade of Commander of the Spanish Order of Civil Merit upon Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade for her portentous contributions towards strengthening ties between the UAE and Spain.

Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain, Miguel Sebastian, adorned Shaikha Lubna the Merit and gave her a certificate of appreciation during a ceremony on Wednesday at the headquarters of the ministry in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Abdullah Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Gonzalo de Benito Secades, Spanish Ambassador to the State and a number of officials.

The Spanish minister in a statement on this occasion said that the medal is awarded to Sheikha Lubna in recognition of her exceptional contributions and meritorious efforts in the development of bilateral relations between UAE and Spain in various fields, especially economic and trade. For her part, Shaikha Lubna expressed her thanks and pride in receiving the Order of Civil Merit from the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I.

Sheikha Lubna added that the Merit is a new appreciation for women in the UAE and the advanced distinctive reached by them under the wise leadership of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the political, social, economic and cultural fields.

Talking briefly on UAE economy, she pointed out that it is experiencing a strong and qualitative recovery in all economic and social sectors in line with the State's policy in the area of economic diversification in time when the government, under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is keen on taking further steps to ensure the flow of future economic development in line with its global position.

Sheikha Lubna also noted that the development of bilateral relations between the UAE and Spain, especially in the areas of economic and commercial activities is attracting the attention of government and the private sector in the UAE.

She pointed out that due to high growth rate between the two countries during the past 10 years, the volume of bilateral trade reached US$3.8 billion. Sheikha Lubna said that as a result of these developments, the number of Spanish companies operating in the UAE has increased to around one thousand companies and brands.

It is noteworthy that His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, earlier this month, inaugurated the 9.19 megawatts Gemasolar concentrated solar power plant in Spain, which is carried out by "Masdar” city and "SENER” through their joint venture Torresol Energy. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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