"The UAE is the first country I visited during my tour. I consider UAE my second home. Moreover, it is a global tourist destination witnessing an unprecedented boom in the field of bicycles," said Salim Saleh Al Sarifi.
Khalifa Shaheen Al Marar, Minister of State, said the UAE welcomes the Kingdom's decision and supports all measures it takes as part of its efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, contain its spread and ensure the safety and security of the pilgrims and the community.
"We look forward to reconnecting Abu Dhabi with Madinah. Our flights will support the growing demand for religious travel and strengthen the existing air links between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, a key travel market for Etihad Airways."
The announcement follows a royal decree issued last Thursday which grants citizenship to "experts and exceptional global talents" who will contribute to the growth of the kingdom under its ambitious reform plans, state news agency SPA reported last week.
The exhibition embodies the GCC cooperation vision and promotes an exceptional bilateral partnership between the UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to broaden and expand the successful experiences of productive families.
In the Arabian peninsula, people for centuries had adapted themselves to the habitat and its resources. So, when the countries in the region modernised, they did not leave behind the mindset of being mindful of the environment.