On January 9, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands continued their two-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates.
The day began with a visit to Masdar City a “…multifaceted renewable energy company…” in Abu Dhabi. The purpose of their visit was to attend an economic roundtable meeting to discuss “…possible strategic co-operations in a bid to promote and facilitate mutually beneficial economic relationships…” between the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.
After the meeting and presentation the royal trio and their delegation travelled to Dubai where Her Majesty met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai at Zaabeel Palace.
Also in attendance were Her Majesty’s Dutch business delegation, T.R.H.s Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands and Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as well as Dubai’s Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed “… stressed the importance of the royal visit, which paves the way for opening new horizons for cultural, economic and political cooperation.” Her Majesty agreed. She also noted her admiration for what the U.A.E. has accomplished in the past 40 years as well as for their leadership.
Afterward, the royal trio took a boat tour around the harbor in Dubai, and as they were about to dock the yacht became stuck due to the low tide. After twenty minutes all was well.
Tomorrow, the royal trio will visit Oman.
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Sources: Khaleej Times, Emirates 247, Associated Press
Photo courtesy of Emirates 247