VIDEO: Dubai, Kiev sign visa waiver, Burj Khalifa emblazoned with Ukrainian flag
15 Feb 2021
Volodymyr Zelensky and Sheikh Mohammed pose for a photograph.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine at the Zabeel Palace in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed said, “With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Dubai on his first visit to the Middle East. We have a mutual visa waiver agreement and a fast-growing $1 billion trade exchange. Dubai is home to 200 large Ukranian companies. We look forward to growing our bilateral ties.”
In honour of Zelensky’s visit, Burj Khalifa lit up in Ukranian colours.
The Dubai Media office said, “Dubai's Burj Khalifa lights up with the Ukrainian flag colours as the UAE welcomes Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky.”
Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of the agreements to advancing the bilateral ties between the two countries, adopting a mutual roadmap for encouraging cooperation and coordination, and establishing investment partnerships that will serve their interests.
Volodymyr Zelensky and Sheikh Mohammed hold talks.
Zelensky expressed the keenness of his country’s government to promote mutual tourism, increase Emirati investments in this sector and other economic sectors, and reinforce the cultural, humanitarian, commercial and security relations between the two countries.
He then commended the significant development witnessed by the UAE and the hosting of the largest global event, the Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be a promising opportunity to promote Ukraine and its investment potentials.