x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Partly UAE-funded cyclone shelter opens in Australia

Sultan Abdullah Alyammahi, Charge d¿Affaires at the UAE embassy opened the shelter in Queensland on Tuesday.

A shelter, partly-funded by the UAE to protect Australians from cyclones, has been opened in Australia.

Sultan Abdullah Alyammahi, Charge d'Affaires at the UAE embassy opened the shelter in Queensland on Tuesday.

At a ceremony to launch the shelter, a joint project between the government of Abu Dhabi and the Queensland government, Mr Alyammahi said he was honoured to help open the shelter that will provide a sanctuary for at-risk communities in the event of a natural disaster.

"The United Arab Emirates and Australia enjoy an important bilateral relationship," Mr Alyammahi said. "The opening of this cyclone shelter is further testimony to the strength and depth of that relationship and the many areas of mutual cooperation that exist between our two countries." Premier Campbell Newman of Queensland said the new category five cyclone shelter at Ingham State High School is the second of 10 to be opened across Queensland as part of a $60 million (Dh232.7m) cyclone shelter programme.

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