Sheikh Abdullah takes part in GCC's coordination meeting in New York

Sheikh Abdullah takes part in GCC's coordination meeting in New York


New York, NY: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, yesterday participated in the annual coordination meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, held here in New York.

The meeting was part of preparations for the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

The Bahraini Foreign Minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, chaired the meeting which discussed a number of regional and international issues in addition to a number of issues of mutual interest.

Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the GCC, attended the meeting.

Joint relations between the GCC member states and the superpowers, international organisations and political and economic bloc were also discussed.

Sheikh Abdullah had arrived earlier in New York heading the UAE's delegation to the UN General Assembly.

Dubai has ‘strongest bid’ for Expo


A leading official behind Dubai's bid to host the 2020 World Expo has said the emirate "clearly has the strongest bid”.

Ahead of a final vote by the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) in November, Helal Saeed Al Marri, a member of the Higher Committee of the Dubai bid, said: "In terms of the vote itself we are in a very, very strong position.”

He added, "We have a lot of support from international counterparts in various countries, many of you have heard the public support from places like France and the UK and many other places.”

Al Marri, also director general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, also said in a wide ranging interview with Hotelier Middle East: "Even when the evaluation committee visited Dubai and the various establishments, including the hotels, they were quite surprised and commented that they hadn't seen, even in past bids, a city so aligned with a common vision.”

The other cities still in the race are Sao Paulo in Brazil, Yekaterinburg in Russia and Izmir in Turkey.

Al Marri cautioned that for the likes of Turkey and Russia, Dubai was competing against countries with prior experience of bidding for the World Expo event.

"This is not their first time to bid for the Expo, so they have had attempts before and they are also very focused on winning. You have to...realise that it is a tough road ahead over the coming months,” he told Hotelier.

The winner will be announced after a vote by the bureau's 166 member states at its next general assembly in November.

Hamed bin Zayed meets Russian First Deputy Prime Minister


Moscow: H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, has discussed with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, relations of friendship and cooperation between the UAE and Russia.

Shuvalov welcomed Sheikh Hamed's visit to Moscow, which comes in the light of developing relations between the two countries in all domains, lauding the strong and distinguished ties between the two countries, which are based on friendship, cooperation and mutual respect.

The meeting, held at the Russian Government headquarters, dealt with ways of bolstering bilateral relations within the distinguished and developing friendship relations and mutual interest, especially in the economic and investment sectors.

Sheikh Hamed also discussed with Shuvalov the appropriate ways of establishing joint projects and the importance of regular cooperation and coordination for delivering the economic goals of the two countries.

The two sides also discussed plans and programmes which would open up wide opportunities for companies and businesspersons in the two countries to implement diversified projects for serving the economy in both sides.

Sheikh Hamed said that 'the UAE is looking forward to further cooperation and establishing economic partnerships with Russia and, in the same time, is welcoming the care given by the Russian companies to boost their presence in the UAE market.' He added that the UAE has the suitable environment to attract foreign investment given the country's infrastructural, legislative and logistic assets.

He also referred that the UAE-Russian ties were witnessing steady growth in the field of environmental investment.

Omar Saif Ghobash, the UAE Ambassador to the Russian Federation and a number of officials attended the meeting.

Mohamed bin Zayed receives Premier of Australia's Queensland State


His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces received this evening at Al Bahr Palace Campbell Newman, Premier of the Australian State of Queensland who is heading a state delegation on a visit to the UAE.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed Newman and praised the progressive UAE-Australian ties. He also expressed the hope that relations between the UAE and Queensland will witness further progress.

The meeting touched on issues of mutual interest, including ways to strengthen ties of friendship and cooperation.

Sheikh Mohammed said he was pleased with the joint strategic cooperation agreement signed yesterday between the governments of Abu Dhabi and Queensland, adding that he was confident that the agreement will open doors for a new phase of strategic partnership and cooperation.

Newman said the government of Queensland was keen on developing relations of cooperation and friendship with the UAE. He said he was delighted to visit the UAE and looking forward to achieving positive outcome. He also lauded the progress witnessed in the UAE.

Etisalat's cycle tour backs Dubai bid for Expo2020


The Etisalat Group is highlighting the UAE's work with international partners to develop innovative solutions to manage diabetes as part of its GSMA mHealth (mobile health) Grand Tour through five European countries.

As a Premier Partner of the Dubai Expo 2020 bid, Team Etisalat is currently 'carrying the Expo flag' with nine Etisalat employees from the company's global operations, all wearing t-shirts featuring the official Dubai Expo 2020 logo as they travel.

The tour began on September 5th in Brussels and after passing through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, France and Spain, will finish in Barcelona this coming Wednesday.

Team Etisalat, which has staff members from the UAE, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tanzania, was chosen from over 500 applications after a series of tests.

Speaking of the Expo 2020 Dubai bid, Ahmed Bin Ali, the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at Etisalat Group, said, "With its clear vision and robust infrastructure, Dubai is undoubtedly more than capable and qualified to host a world-class event of this magnitude. A Dubai win would showcase the city's enormous success story to a global audience and as a main supporter of the bid, Etisalat is confident that the event would usher in a new and exciting chapter in the country's progress history, and we are fully behind it." Under the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', Dubai is bidding to become the first city in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region to host a World Expo, the "Dubai Expo 2020", which will be a unique platform for connectivity to help pioneer partnerships for growth and sustainability for the future.


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