Sheikh Mohammed receives Tom Cruise

Shows the Hollywood star how to handle a falcon during the meeting where Sheikh Hamdan was also present

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister  of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Hollywood star Tom Cruise who is in Dubai to shoot 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol'.

The 48-year-old Hollywood actor, whose death-defying stunts atop the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, grabbed global headlines only a day ago, also met Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai during the occasion.

Sheikh Mohammed showed Cruise how to handle a falcon on his arm.

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Tom Cruise dangles upside down from the side of the Burj Khalifa

As a producer, Cruise said it was hard to find places that appeared fresh on screen but that Dubai offered exactly that opportunity.

"Dubai is very cinematic. We are looking forward to present that on film," he told media at a conference earlier. "Dubai is a city I always wanted to shoot in. It's a very challenging film and people here have been extraordinary in helping us get this project going."

Cruise publically thanked Sheikh Mohammed at the conference.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed was greeted on Tuesday by Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia in Flemington, where the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2010 was held. Palomares, a filly owned by Sheikh Mohammed, won the Hybrid Plate race.

Tom Cruise scales Burj Khalifa


EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Tom Cruise dangles upside down from the side of the Burj Khalifa   

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