Etisalat and Du mobile networks change name to celebrate China visit

Both carriers are displaying WelcomePresChina where the network name usually appears

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and his wife Peng Liyuan wave after arriving at Tegel airport in Berlin on July 4, 2017 where he is set to have dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.  / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Wolfgang Kumm / Germany OUT

UAE mobile carriers are changing their network names to celebrate the arrival of President Xi Jinping of China.

Both Etisalat and Du are substituting the message ”WelcomePresChina” where the network name usually appears in the top left hand corner of mobile phones – although it does not seem to appear for every customer.

A number of mobile customers have tweeted screenshots of the message.

The UAE is marking today’s arrival of Mr Xi’s first state visit in various ways, including the launch of UAE-China week, which is set to be an annual event coinciding with Chinese New Year.

Landmarks across the country have also been lit up in the colours of the Chinese flag, including Dubai Frame and Burj Al Arab.

Road signs across the country are also projecting messages in Mandarin to welcome the President.

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