Assalaam Alekum Mr Bond, welcome to Dubai

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British superspy James Bond is heading to Dubai on his next mission.

The author of the upcoming Bond novel, "Carte Blanche," says the Gulf city-state will be the backdrop for 007's new adventures.

Jeffery Deaver told reporters Monday he was attracted by Dubai's "exotic" mix of gleaming towers and desert. But Deaver did not divulge any story lines in the novel, scheduled to be released in May.

Deaver thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai for welcoming him in Dubai and for his great support to for creativity.

He also thanked Dubai Government for taking good care of him during his visit to the emirate which he believes is one of the most important places for civilization and culture  in the region.

Ahmed Al Shaikh, Chairman of DMI, said that Dubai does its best to support culture and arts. He said that adding the name of Dubai to such an international and well-known work reflects the great position which the emirate has reached by supporting and encouraging creativity.

He also thanked the writer on behalf of the Dubai Media Office for choosing Dubai as a venue for his work.

Deaver, who has published more than two dozen novels, was commissioned to write the book by the estate of Bond creator Ian Fleming.

It's the first time Dubai has been featured in a Bond plot.

But the debonaire secret agent has company. The next "Mission Impossible" film, due out in December, has scenes filmed in Dubai.

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