His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai received at his Zabeel Palace the Speaker and members of the Federal national Council who came to offer greetings on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
Present were Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the FNC Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr and the members and expressed pleasure at this meeting, taking place during the holy month of Ramadan to discuss matters of importance to the nation and the citizens.
"The cabinet and FNC complete each other and work as one team with the goal of bringing about prosperity, security and stability to the people of the country,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
He added that under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE topped world rankings in government, financial, economic and social performance.
Sheikh Mohammed urged the FNC members to directly interact with the people in order to address their needs and to fill any gaps affecting their day-to-day life.
"We at the cabinet take the ideas and proposals tabled by the FNC very seriously and follow them up to arrive at a unified vision for the common goal of serving the country and its people and safeguarding its achievements."
The FNC Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr renewed allegiance to the country's leadership and thanked President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai for their continuous support to the FNC.
The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Dr Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and FNC Affairs, Obaid bin Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department and a number of officials.
Sheikh Mohammed hosted an iftar banquet in honour of the guests.
Mohammed receives preachers, scholars
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai received guest preachers and scholars of the UAE President and of Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) at Zabeel Palace.
During the meeting, attended by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the Muslim scholars, exchanged Ramadan greetings with them and wished them success in their mission of communicating Islam's tolerant message within the UAE and abroad.
Sheikh Mohammed exchanged talks with his guests on a broad range of Islamic and humanitarian issues, ways of spreading and promoting the culture of dialogue, and building bridges of communication between Muslims and Islamic states, and other cultures and religions to spread peace, peaceful co-existence and love across the world.
Sheikh Mohammed emphasised that,''Our tolerant Islam is one of peace, affection, justice, tolerance and equality. It's a religion of civilisation and sciences and of the righteous moral, and that Muslims without tolerant Islam lose their wellbeing as values, concepts and teachings of Islam have been embedded in our nature and daily behaviour and life.''
For their part, the scholars expressed their gratitude and thanks to the president, government, people and institutions of the UAE for their noble humanitarian stances towards Muslims and non-Muslims as well as for extending a helping hand to the needy people, especially in poor countries, praising generous initiatives launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
They also commended initiatives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the latest of them was the UAE Water Aid Campaign, which they hailed as a good and a first of its kind in the world. The initiative seeks to provide clean drinking water for five million people across the world.
Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of Dubai Ruler's Court, Dr Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Ibrahim Bumelha, Advisor to Mohammed bin Rashid for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, and Khalifa Saeed Sulieman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department, attended the meeting.