Sheikh Abdullah inaugurates new UAE embassy in London

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation unveiled a memorial plaque during the opening ceremony

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, inaugurated the new UAE embassy in London on Monday.

The ceremony began with the raising of the UAE flag and was followed by the national anthems of both countries.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and Alistair Burt, the UK's Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, then unveiled a commemorative painting to mark the opening of the new headquarters of the UAE embassy, before touring the facilities of its new building.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed said the opening of the new UAE embassy in London reflects the desire of the UAE government to enhance its bilateral relations with the UK and develop cooperation in various fields, according to state news agency Wam.

He went on to say that the relations between the UAE and Britain are well established and have been for decades, due to the support and patronage of the leaders of both countries, while highlighting the aspiration of the UAE to strengthen bilateral ties further to serve the interests of the people of both nations.

Mr Burt expressed his happiness at attending the opening of the new UAE embassy in London, which will enhance the communication between the two countries and their people, as well as maintain the strong and distinctive bilateral relations that bind them.

The new embassy is located between Belgrave Square and Hyde Park corner in south-west London.

The opening ceremony was attended by Sulaiman Hamid Salem Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to the UK, Khaled Al Duwaisan, Kuwait's Ambassador to the UK, Nasser Kamel, Egypt's Ambassador to UK, Bahrain's Ambassador to the UK, Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, plus several other diplomats, consuls and officials in the UK, as well as the embassy’s staff.