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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Prime Minister of Finland Jyrki Katainen at Al Zabeel Palace on Tuesday.
Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority, attended the meeting.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed and Premier Katainen exchanged views on the current situation in the region. They also discussed relations between the UAE and Finland and ways to enhance them, especially in the areas of innovation, knowledge economy and water technology.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the expansion of cooperation and exchange of expertise between the two countries, especially in the areas of innovation and knowledge, stressing the keenness of UAE on establishing ties with countries worldwide.
The UAE Vice President received an invitation from Finland President Saul Niinisto to visit Helsinki. Sheikh Mohammed accepted the invitation.
For his part, the Prime Minister of Finland expressed willingness of his country to open new channels for cooperation with the UAE in all levels in the light of the surge in trade between the countries, which stood at about at $500 million.
He praised the progress of the UAE, citing the-state-of-art infrastructure and road network.
The meeting was attended by Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Sultan Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Mariam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director General of the Dubai Ruler's Court, Lt. General Musbeh Rashid Al Fattan, Director of the Office of the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Director General for Protocol and Hospitality in Dubai and Finnish Ambassador to UAE Ilkka-Pekka Simila.
Mohammed receives GCC education ministers
Sheikh Mohammed received on Tuesday at Zabeel Palace the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ministers of education on the sidelines of the meeting of GCC Arab Education Bureau.
The meeting was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the GCC education ministers from Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait and Qatar, wishing them success in their meetings to develop education in the GCC states.
In attendance among others were Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education.
The UAE Vice President hosted a lunch banquet in honour of the GCC ministers. Present were sheikhs, ministers, senior civil and military officials and dignitaries.
Mohammed tours GESS 2013
Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday visited The Gulf Educational Supplies & Solutions exhibition (GESS 2013), which runs from March 5 – 7 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The event is held under the title: "Smart Learning and Technological Advances in Education."
Accompanied by Humaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, and the GCC Ministers of Education, Sheikh Mohammed toured the halls of the exhibition, which hosts over 300 exhibitors from the UAE and GCC countries, as well as other 30 countries, who are featuring their latest education technology equipment.
During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the latest education technologies in the areas of smart education, being showcased by major companies from Korea, China, Germany and elsewhere.
He expressed his satisfaction at the holding of such educational and technological exhibitions in the UAE as they provide ways in which educationalists, teaching staff and students can benefit from the latest knowledge technologies.
Sheikh Mohammed noted that the investment in the education sector is the best kind of investment, since it meets the educational needs of youth so that they can build a bright future based on innovation and knowledge.
He called on the youth, especially the students, to learn what is new and better for the future, wishing them success in their studies to serve the country.
Mohammed views luxury yachts at Dubai Boat Show
Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday took a tour of the 21st edition of Dubai International Boat Show, being held at Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) at Mina Seyahi from March 5-9.
Exhibitors from more than 49 Arab and foreign countries are showcasing their best of class boats and yachts of mixed uses at the region's biggest marine leisure exhibition.
Sheikh Mohammed viewed some luxurious super yachts being displayed for the first time in the Middle East. He commended the significant growth in terms of participation by local, regional and international boat manufacturers.
As he interacted with exhibitors, Sheikh Mohammed indicated that the marine event had been playing an instrumental role in stimulating marine navigation and cruise and leisure tourism in the UAE, which boasts of beaches that attract amateurs of diving, fishing and other marine sports.
More than 780 exhibiting brands and companies are participating in the show with 126 new exhibitors at the show for the first time this year.
The show has seen strong international demand with more than 49 countries participating and debut appearances from Armenia, Belgium, Malaysia, Malta, Palau and the Russian Federation. The event has seen the United States and Italy increase their total exhibition space by 110 per cent and 47 per cent respectively, with Turkey increasing its floor space by eight times.
The ‘Made in UAE Pavilion', a show first, is aimed at providing a platform for small-to-medium UAE boat builders such as Al Hareb Marine, Julfar Craft, Legacy Yachts and Ocean Boats, to increase local and global market exposure for the UAE boat manufacturing industry.
Local boat and yacht builders have increased their engagement at the event by 48 per cent over the previous edition.
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