His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam arrived in Dubai Monday to continue his State Visit to the United Arab Emirates.
The journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai takes less than two hours. This gave His Majesty the opportunity to see first hand the progress and development achieved by both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, RTB reported.
His Majesty was welcomed at the Burj Al-Arab, where His Majesty is residing throughout the State Visit to Dubai.
Upon arrival at the hotel, His Majesty was welcomed by the General Manager of the Burj Al-Arab hotel, which is one of the leading hotels in the Emirates and has become one of the landmarks that symbolise the success and development of Dubai.
His Majesty yesterday visited the Dubai Police Academy.
Earlier, His Majesty attended a State Luncheon hosted by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at the Armed Forces Officer's Club, Sunday.
Upon arrival at the club, His Majesty was welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Executive Chairman of United Arab Emirates Diwan.
Also present at the luncheon were senior military officers.
The State Luncheon was hosted by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in honour of His Majesty's State Visit to Abu Dhabi.
Before leaving Abu Dhabi, His Majesty consented to stop over at the Royal Mausoleum to pay respects to His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the late president of the United Arab Emirates who passed away recently.
His Majesty stopped over at the mausoleum while on the way to Dubai in a special motorcade. The mausoleum is located near a new mosque built under the name of the late president.
Upon arrival at the mausoleum, His Majesty was greeted by Ahmad bin Mubarak Al-Kindi, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Waqaf.
The late Sheikh Zayed, born in 1918, was a successful leader in pursuing the development of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates in general.
His Majesty then visited the tomb of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and consented to read a special prayer.
At the end of the visit, His Majesty consented to write an eulogy on the "Smart Board" specifically for the late president.
- Borneo Bulletin
(19th Apr 2006)