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UAE turns red as it prepares for Chinese President’s visit

UAE turns red as it prepares for Chinese President’s visit

Xi Jinping is due to arrive in the UAE on Thursday for a three-day state visit


The UAE is getting ready to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is due to arrive on Thursday for a three-day state visit.

This will be his first visit to a foreign country since he was re-elected in March this year.

To coincide with his visit, the UAE also launched the UAE-China Week from July 17 to 24, aimed at enhancing trade cooperation and cultural exchange between the two countries.

As part of the UAE-China week, Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel as well as the recently opened Dubai Frame lit up in the colours of the Chinese flag on Wednesday.

Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace and the headquarters of ADNOC were also lit up in red to mark the occasion.

UAE telecom operator Etisalat also changed its network name to “WelcomePresChina” on Thursday.

During his visit, Xi will hold a series of high-level meetings aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.

An economic forum will also be held in Abu Dhabi on Friday evening, which will be attended by the UAE’s economy minister Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri and his Chinese counterpart Zhong Shan.

Trade exchange between the two countries grew 15.1 per cent last year from $46.3bn in 2016 to $53.3bn in 2017.

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, called the Chinese President’s visit a “historic” one that “celebrates the strategic partnership between the two countries and establishes a new phase of fruitful co-operation and promising outlooks”.

“The UAE currently hosts 200,000 Chinese citizens and 4,000 trading companies. We seek to build long-term economic, cultural, and trade and investment ties with China. We are happy to celebrate China’s rich and continued historical culture on an annual basis,” he said in an earlier statement.

Several UAE companies have announced China-related projects – developer Emaar announced plans to build the Middle East’s largest Chinatown in its Dubai Creek Harbour Tower development while DP World revealed plans to launch a new Traders Market with Chinese partner Zhejiang China Commodities City.

Read more: Emaar to build Middle East’s largest Chinatown at Dubai Creek Harbour

Dubai’s DP World, Chinese group to open new Traders Market at JAFZA

Hala China, a joint initiative between Meraas and Dubai Holding launched this week, also aims to improve economic and cultural exchange and increase investment cooperation between Dubai and China.

Also read: New Chinese radio station launched in Dubai


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