UAE People & Politics: A week in review

Every week, The National takes a look at the people and politics of the UAE, as the country steps more confidently on to the world stage.

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Every week, The National takes a look at the people and politics of the UAE, as the country steps more confidently on to the world stage.

April 30

Sheikh Mansour approves Ministry of Public Works 2030 Federal Road Network strategy

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, approved the Ministry of Public Works 2030 strategy for infrastructure development. He also approved the Zayed Future Complexes System, which will be applied to residential developments.

Fujairah Crown Prince directs re-organisation of ranches

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Crown Prince of Fujairah, directed the reorganisation of ranch lands and called for measures for the systematic planning of land. Fujairah Municipality welcomed the Crown Prince’s decision.

May 1

Mohammed bin Zayed, Moroccan King perform Friday prayers in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and King Mohammed VI of Morocco performed prayers at the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Mosque in Al Bateen.

May 2

Abdullah bin Zayed: Emirates Diplomatic Academy to play a central role in the future of the UAE’s international relations

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Foreign Minister, and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said the UAE’s distinguished diplomacy is led by the leadership’s vision that stresses the importance of strengthening and sustaining ties with other nations.

Sheikha Fatima donates Dh500,000 for Syrian children

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, supreme president of the Family Development Foundation and head of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, donated Dh500,000 for a charity bazaar organised by wives of foreign diplomats in the UAE to raise funds to help Syrian refugee children in the Syrian-Jordanian border areas.

Mohammed bin Rashid attends 2000 English Guineas Classic at Newmarket racecourse

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, attended the 2000 English Guineas Classic at Newmarket in Suffolk, England.

May 3

RAK Ruler receives Turkish ambassador

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, received Mustafa Levent Bilgen, ambassador of Turkey, who paid a courtesy visit to the Presidential Palace to mark the beginning of his tenure.

Mohammed bin Zayed receives French defence minister

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and his delegation at Al Mamoura, Abu Dhabi.

May 4

Abdullah bin Zayed honours winners of Emirates Novel Award

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Foreign Minister and chairman of the National Media Council, honoured the winners in the second cohort of the Emirates Novel Award, held under the patronage of His Highness and sponsored by twofour54.

President sends note to Sultan Qaboos

President Sheikh Khalifa sent a note to Sultan Qaboos of Oman hailing the strong fraternal relations between the countries and ways of boosting them.

Ajman Ruler inspects developmental and tourism projects in emirate

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman, toured the developmental and tourism projects across the emirate.

Mohammed bin Rashid and Romanian PM hold talks and witness signing of agreements

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, received Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta at the Zabeel Palace, and emphasised the desire of UAE leadership, government and people to open communication with friendly countries to serve national interests.

May 5

Ajman Ruler instructs launch of eco-friendly initiatives

Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman, was briefed on wildlife policies during a meeting with members of the Ajman Executive Council. Sheikh Humaid instructed the council to develop a sewerage network and enhance supervision of industrial and economic activities.

Sheikha Fatima receives female envoys and wives of members of diplomatic corps

Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, supreme chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and president of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, received women ambassadors, wives of ambassadors and women representatives of international organisations accredited to the UAE, at Al Bahar Palace.

May 6

Nahyan bin Mubarak receives Aswan governor to discuss promoting Egyptian tourism

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, received Mustafa Yousri, governor of Aswan, Egypt, who hailed the UAE and Egypt’s distinctive relations.

May 7

Shanghai mayor visits UAE leaders

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, received Shanghai’s mayor, Yang Xiong, at Qasr Al Shati’, where they discussed ties. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also met the mayor, who was leading a business mission.

Ruler of Sharjah honours winners of Arab Family Award

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, honoured the winners of the Arab Family Award, held at the Cultural Palace in Sharjah.

Sultan approves two projects in Sharjah

Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, approved two projects to build a heritage village in Al Hamriyah area and develop its beach at a cost of Dh10m.