His Majesty left for Qatar to begin three-day state visit

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, arrived in Doha, Qatar today, to begin a three-day state visit. His Majesty’s special aircraft landed at Doha International Airport at 20 minutes past midnight local time.

Upon arrival in Doha, His Majesty was greeted by the Assistant Chief Protocol of the Emiri Hall, His Excellency Ebrahim Ahmed Al-Maliki. Also at the airport to welcome His Majesty were the Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pehin Dato Seri Paduka Lim Jock Seng, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Sallehuddin and Brunei Darussalam’s Temporary Charge’ d’ Affairs to Qatar, Awang Haji Ali Hassan bin Haji Mohd. Salleh. This is His Majesty’s first state visit to Qatar this year. His Majesty last visited Qatar in June last year, when His Majesty was attending the Second Summit of the Southern Nations G77 and China in Doha.

His Majesty’s itinerary for the current visit includes visits to the Ras Laffan Industrial City, the main natural gas production and supply centre in Qatar, and the Sports Academy, Aspire, that the centre for development of young athletes. His Majesty will also take a closer look at the progress of Qatar’s economy and development projects. While in Qatar, His Majesty will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Doha.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam left the country for a six-day state visit to Qatar and United Arab Emirates, Friday afternoon. Before leaving the country, doa selamat was read by the State Mufti, Pehin Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Abdul Aziz. From Qatar, His Majesty will continue for another three-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates.

Present at the Brunei International Airport to bid farewell to His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince; His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bolkiah and His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Malik. Also present were Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Councils, Deputy Ministers and senior government officers. (15th Apr 2006)