The colours of the Russian flag decorated the skies on the 15th October as the UAE welcomed Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Following his trip to Saudi Arabia, the President was received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. An an aerial display of fighter jets and a 21 gun salute marked his arrival at the royal airport.
UAE – Russia Week
Putin’s visit comes during UAE-Russia week, where the UAE marks its longstanding ties with Russia during 7 days of cultural collaborations.
Mohamed bin Zayed receives Russian President Vladimir Putin at Qasr Al Watan, commencing a state visit to the UAE. pic.twitter.com/uZvkO1ZdeN
With a relationship that spans more than 47 years and over 16,000 Russians currently living in the UAE, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Al Kaabi stated,
“The sharing of our traditional heritage with one another are integral to bringing our two cultures closer, providing a strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations and injecting renewed strength in the process of UAE-Russian cooperation.”
Noura Al Kaabi
During UAE-Russia week, landmark buildings have been lit up in the Russian flag colours and a number of cultural events celebrating Emirati and Russian customs are taking place at Emirates Palace. The celebrations go on until 17th October. Performances so far included the Russian Ballet and the traditional Emirati dance, the Al-Ayyala.
The President and the Crown Prince
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed warmly received Vladimir Putin today ahead of their state meeting, which comes just days after the UAE’s first Emirati astronaut returned to the UAE from his Russian space mission.
I welcome President Vladimir Putin as an honoured guest to the UAE. This historic visit reflects the strength of UAE-Russia relations, which we will continue to jointly promote at all levels for the mutual benefit of our nations. pic.twitter.com/tFVGXuzKsC
The meeting of the two minds focused on enhancing strategic ties and mutual developments, regionally and internationally. Economic, trade and investment ties were on the agenda with Putin and the Crown Prince looking to establish mutual benefits for both nations.
After what can only be described as a landmark day for the UAE and Russia, Putin made his departure, personally waved off by Mohamed Bin Zayed.