Mohammed attends Maryam bint Mohammed Carnival


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended a first-of-its-kind carnival of Sheikha Mariam bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum held at the Dubai International Endurance City in Saih Al Salam yesterday.

The multi-equestrian event saw the attendance of Her Highness Sheikha Mariam bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Chairman of Dubai Equestrian Club Saeed Al Tayer , Racing Manager of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Ali Al Muhairi, Sultan Al Subousi, Director of Dubai Equestrian Club Ali Al Khumairi and a host of horse owners, riders and horserace enthusiasts.

At the end of the races which emphasise Sheikh Mohammed’s vision about the importance of sports in general and equestrian races in particular, Sheikha Mariam presented the trophies to the winners of the three-category race, which is of a total purse of Dh250,000.

Racing Manager of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Ali Al Muhairi praised the Carnival’s logistics at its first launch; noting that Sheikh Mohammed’s support to equestrian races contributed in attracting the best riders in the region who presented outstanding performances.

Al Muhairi also expressed hope that the next edition of the carnival would draw even more participants.

‘India and the UAE: In Celebration of a legendary Friendship’

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, affirmed the keenness of UAE’s leadership, government and people to keep open channels of communications and cooperation between UAE and India, as well as both countries peoples, especially in relation to the cultural, humanitarian and economic fields.

Sheikh Mohammed’s statement came in his foreword to the book entitled ‘India and the UAE: In Celebration of a legendary Friendship’.

Authored by Venu Rajamony, the 259-page tome chronicles the age-old and dynamic India-UAE alliance and ongoing friendly relations as regards to the economic, political and social fields.

In his foreword to the book published by the National Centre for Documentation and Research, Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sheikh Mohammed noted that the UAE in general and Dubai in particular has sought hard to boost good relations with India until social and economic ties thrived and grew stronger today, thanks to Dubai’s geographical location and its vibrant port, which is close to India.

Sheikh Mohammed further stressed that traders in both countries have played a major role in building cultural, social and commercial bridges between the peoples of the two countries, a progress that have led to the growing of India-UAE commercial, industrial as well as non-oil industry exchange.

For his part, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, in another foreword to Rajamony's new book, said the UAE is now the largest trade partner of India in the Gulf region, thanks to the evolution and progress of the unique and solid political, economic and social relations between the two countries which the book documents.

India's exports to the UAE account for 6 per cent of the subcontinent's total exports to the world, while 70 per cent of its total exports go through the UAE, Sheikh Nahyan noted.
He further noted that the solid relations between the two countries are further reinforced by the existence of a large Indian community which lives peacefully and contribute to economic development in the UAE.

The minister praised Rajamony's 256-page work as a signifigant addition to literature on UAE-India relations as it provides an insightful journey into the age-old and prosperous ties between the two countries.

He also expressed hope the book will receive a warm welcome from readers as it gives them a comprehensive glimpse of this strong relationship and the mutual respect and appreciation between the two countries.

The Arabic edition of ‘India and the UAE: In Celebration of a Legendary Friendship’ which Rajamony has dedicated to the people of the UAE, provides a treasure trove of facts, figures, tables, photographs, paintings and sketches and stories, all juxtaposed to give a comprehensive account of the ties in five chapters covering history, politics, economy and trade, health and education, people and culture.

Mohammed attends luncheon hosted by Juma Al Majid

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai attended at a lunch banquet hosted in his honour by Juma Al Majid, Chairman of Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage.

Among those who attended the were Mohammed Ahmed Al-Murr, Speaker of Federal National Council, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Humaid bin Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health, Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness The Ruler's Court of Dubai, Lt. General Musabbeh Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Office of the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, the Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai.

A number of dignitaries, key officials, cultural and media figures in the country also attended the meeting.