His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday received Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his accompanying delegation at Za'abeel Palace.
The two leaders discussed ways of boosting bilateral relations in the fields of tourism, finance and Islamic banking, through encouraging co-operation among the public and private sectors of their countries.
They also reviewed mechanisms to lessen the impact of the global economic crisis, particularly in Islamic countries, while stressing the importance of a united approach to gradually restore economic development.
Following the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed hosted a luncheon banquet in honour of the Malaysian prime minister and his delegation.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, was also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, several ministers and senior officials, the UAE Ambassador to Malaysia and the Malaysian Ambassador to the UAE.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed directed officials at Noor Dubai to immediately open a medical camp in Gaza for treating those with eye problems caused by the recent conflict there. Noor Dubai will also screen all sufferers of ophthalmic diseases, unrelated to war injuries.
At a press conference yesterday, Qadi Saeed Al Muroushid, Director General of Dubai Health Authority, said patients who cannot be treated at the Gaza camp will be flown in for treatment at Dubai hospitals. Noor Dubai will provide medicines and equipment whenever it can.
Dr Manal Taryam, director of the medical team for Noor Dubai was also present at the conference.