DUBAI: Combining the capabilities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can create historic opportunities for their people and the whole region, said Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at a joint retreat held at Saadiyat Island on Tuesday by 150 Emirati and Saudi officials to discuss the best ways to advance relations between the two countries to what he described as a new and exceptional level.
Called al-Azm, or determination in Arabic, the retreat seeks to turn agreements and understandings into tangible field projects that will benefit the people of the two countries and achieve a new level of exceptional relations between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, noted Sheikh Mohammed.
The retreat was held following directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, to enhance historic relations between the two countries and draw a roadmap to develop them in the long term.
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed and Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Chairman of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs, co-chaired the retreat, held as one in a series of joint meetings aimed at intensifying co-operation and consultations in several spheres.
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Emirati and Saudi ministers and senior officials took part in the retreat.
“Through our integration, solidarity and unity, we can protect our gains, enhance our economies and build a better future for our people. I am optimistic about the young leaders responsible for the quest for integration between the two countries, namely Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
“Chairing the Emirati delegation is the best guarantee for the success of this quest. We have great confidence in his ability to lead this historic progress between the two countries,” he added.
Sheikh Mansour described the Emirati-Saudi relations as “strong, but the leadership wants them to be exceptional and exemplary and moving towards a new, different and integrational level.”
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, are closely following up on all the steps of co-operation between the two countries and have directed the speeding up of this blessed quest,” he said.