PM Shehbaz Sharif to visit UAE today



Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will depart for a day-long visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today (Thursday).

This would be the premier’s first visit to the UAE since returning to the PM Office after the February 8 general elections. A high-level delegation comprising key ministers of the cabinet will accompany him, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

During the visit, PM Shehbaz is expected to meet UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. The two leaders will discuss bilateral relations between Pakistan and the UAE with special focus on trade and investment.

Shehbaz is also expected to hold meetings with other Emirati dignitaries, businesspersons, and heads of financial institutions.

Pakistan and the UAE have long-standing fraternal relations deep rooted in religio-cultural affinity. Frequent high-level exchanges form a distinguishing feature of brotherly ties between the two countries.

The Pakistani envoy to the UAE Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi had returned to the UAE last weekend to fine-tune arrangements for Shehbaz’s visit.

The prime minister’s visit marks an important step towards further deepening multifaceted bilateral collaboration between Pakistan and the UAE.

United Arab Emirates Consul General in Karachi Bakheet Ateeq Al-Remeithi on April 18 said that Pakistanis had a great role in the development of Dubai.

He had said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of an Arabic language centre in the government vocational training institute in the Buffer Zone area. The Arabic language centre was inaugurated by Al- Remeithi.

The consul general had said that Pakistanis would be given jobs on a preferential basis in every sector and students of the vocational centre would also be called to the UAE visa centre soon. He had urged the students not to believe anti-national videos on social media and delete them.