Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

UAE landmarks light up in celebration of Sheikh Mohamed's China visit

Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and Burj Khalifa in Dubai display a spectacular tribute to the partnership of the two countries

From the world's tallest building in Dubai to a majestic Abu Dhabi hotel, the UAE was lit up in honour of the nation's growing ties with China.

Images of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President Xi Jinping were projected onto the Burj Khalifa, in celebration of their meeting in Beijing on Monday.

Emirates Palace was bathed in red in celebration of the UAE's partnership with China. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Emirates Palace was bathed in red in celebration of the UAE's partnership with China. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The Emirates Palace hotel was bathed in the traditional red colour of China, while the country's flag was emblazoned on the landmark Adnoc building and the Marina Mall tower.

Sheikh Mohamed is leading a diplomatic delegation from the UAE in Beijing, for a series of key discussions aimed at bolstering the partnership between the Middle East and the Far East.

The Marina Mall tower displayed the Chinese flag. Chris Whiteoak / The National
The Marina Mall tower displayed the Chinese flag. Chris Whiteoak / The National

A number of deals and agreements enhancing co-operation in fields such as the economy, oil and environment, have been sealed during a series of meetings.

Among the agreements was a deal signed between Dubai's Emaar Properties with Beijing Daxing International Airport to implement an $11 billion (Dh40.5 bn) project that includes residential and leisure facilities across a 5 sq km area at the airport. Emaar will open an office in Beijing on Monday, Wam reported.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company also signed a agreement with state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation to explore collaboration upstream as well as downstream with the world’s largest oil importer.

Updated: July 23, 2019 10:41 AM

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