Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, took time out from his talks with the Mexican president to admire the ancient city of Teotihuacan.
Sheikh Mohammed toured the Unesco world heritage site with his delegation and was briefed on the historical importance of the city – particularly its Mesoamerican pyramids.
He was told it is not clear who built the city, located about 35 kilometres from the capital, Mexico City.
Teotihuacan is considered as one of the wonders of the world, with many temples, palaces, statues, detailed murals and residential compounds. It is believed to have been built about 100BC and declined sometime during the seventh or eighth centuries.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his admiration for the ancient city, and said it was important to know about diverse cultures.
The Vice President is in Mexico on a state visit and has held talks with the president of the country, Enrique Pena Nieto.
Sheikh Mohammed and Mr Nieto discussed bilateral relations, the global political situation and ways to boost trade ties between the two countries.
Sheikh Mohammed’s visit to Teotihuacan – one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico – took place on Sunday.