Mohammed bin Rashid meets Presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius at Expo 2020 Dubai

 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, affirmed the UAE's keenness to strengthen its ties with various friendly African countries, and is proud of the partnerships it brings together in most of the countries of the African continent, which are based on a firm foundation of mutual respect and consideration of common interests.

His Highness stressed that the continuous development efforts that friendly African countries are witnessing, and a comprehensive development renaissance aimed at employing the human potential and the rich natural resources that distinguish them, remain always appreciated and admired, praising what the brown continent is working on to implement in terms of expansion of infrastructure projects that support development. He affirmed that the UAE believes in the importance of partnership in the field of exchanging experiences and successful experiences in a way that enhances development efforts and contributes to accelerating its pace.

This came during the visit of His Highness, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today, to Expo 2020 Dubai, where His Highness met with His Excellency Dr. Mugoetsi Eric Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and His Excellency Brethveraging Robbon, President of the Republic of Mauritius, at their country pavilions at the Expo.

During the visit to the Botswana pavilion, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and President Mogotsi Eric Masisi exchanged cordial conversations about the overall bilateral relations and ways to develop cooperation between the two countries and in various fields, especially in investment and trade in light of the great experience that the UAE enjoys and the many opportunities it offers. Botswana, paving the way for more investment partnerships and raising the level of trade exchanges between the two friendly countries.

The meeting dealt with the significant positive impact of the UAE’s hosting of Expo 2020 Dubai on the economies of the region, especially since this is the first time that the prestigious event has been held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, where the exhibition represented an ideal platform for concluding many commercial and investment deals, as well as its impact in achieving More cultural affinity with the peoples of the continent of Africa.

His Highness and the President of Botswana were briefed on the elements of the investment attraction that the friendly African country is promoting through the Expo, especially its enjoyment of large areas of virgin lands rich in environmental diversity, as well as the human energy that is characterized by diversity as he speaks Botswana has more than 20 languages. 

Land of Great Opportunity

During the meeting of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, at its pavilion located in the "Opportunities" area of ​​the Expo under the slogan "Zimbabwe.. Land of Great Opportunities", the two sides reviewed the development of bilateral relations during the past period, What can be done in order to advance the partnership between the two countries, especially on the economic front, as Zimbabwe sees that the UAE provides the main transit gateway to the markets of the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

The meeting dealt with promising areas for strengthening bilateral cooperation, especially at the level of trade exchange, as well as enabling the private sector and businessmen from both sides to meet and discuss various investment opportunities, in light of the development of economic ties and the growth of trade exchanges, as the UAE is Zimbabwe's second largest trading partner, as well as cooperation in exploring opportunities Establishing new partnerships within the sectors of agriculture and mining as well as the pharmaceutical and energy industries, which are the areas that Zimbabwe seeks to advance during the next stage.

His Highness and the President of Zimbabwe listened to an explanation of the information provided by the pavilion of the friendly African country at the Expo on investment opportunities and the main sectors there. and tourism, among others, while the third region introduces Zimbabwe to the human capital that is committed to the values ​​of work and innovation.

Tourist Excellence

In addition, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inspected the pavilion of the friendly Republic of Mauritius, where he met with His Excellency Prithveraging Robbon, and the meeting dealt with the development of bilateral relations in light of the consensus of visions on the importance of discovering more partnerships that support development trends in the two countries, as well as identifying the best areas that can be Through it, building and activating new partnerships, the most important of which is the field of tourism exchange, in light of the diverse attractions that the two countries enjoy that make them among the distinguished tourist destinations around the world.

The visit to the pavilion located in the themes area included, His Highness and the President of Mauritius inspected what the pavilion had to offer because of the elements of distinction that the island in the Indian Ocean enjoys, the most important of which is environmental diversity, in addition to the elements that distinguish it as a distinct tourist destination, most notably the beaches and vast forests, along with Along with its current and future projects, it aims to achieve comprehensive economic growth, by utilizing the island's natural resources.


During his tour of the Expo, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and CEO of Snap Inc., the global owner and operator of the Snapchat application, where he was introduced to the company's growing activity in the Middle East

Starting from its regional headquarters in Dubai, which was opened in 2017, Dubai Internet City, the thriving partnership between Dubai and the global company is similar to the constructive cooperation relations that it brings together with major technology companies around the world. 

For his part, Evan Spiegel expressed his full appreciation for the great development made by Dubai under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as an inspiring model for sustainable development according to a future vision based on rationalizing resources and employing technology in a way that allows finding effective solutions to meet existing and potential challenges and discover opportunities to grant quality humankind. A better life, which is reflected in the values ​​of the Expo, which brings together in Dubai the civilizations, innovations and creativity of 192 countries under the slogan "Connecting Minds and Creating the Future". 

Rwanda..a journey of hope

As part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's visit to Expo today, His Highness stopped at the Rwanda Pavilion located in the "Opportunity Zone", which tells the story of the African country's overcoming the horrors of the war it suffered in 1994, and its transition to a stage of growth full of opportunities based on what it enjoys Rwanda has rich natural components, with a focus on a number of important axes, the most prominent of which is the preservation of environmental diversity and rich wildlife, which is the most characteristic of its tropical forests. Investments and development of "green economy" activities.

Economical advantages

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's tour of the Expo included a visit to the pavilion of the State of Kenya, which was keen to present, through its participation in the Expo, its economic advantages and food products, as well as introducing important features of its ancient culture and traditions.

During his visit to the pavilion in the "Opportunities" area, His Highness learned about the ambitious development projects adopted by the friendly African country, including clean and sustainable energy projects, the most important of which is the Garissa solar energy project, which has a capacity of 54.6 megawatts, and is the largest in eastern and central Africa.

His Highness also continued an explanation of the role that Nairobi plays, as a vital center that leads and facilitates interconnection and communication between Africa and the world, and the great cultural diversity that Kenya enjoys through more than 40 tribes that make up the fabric of Kenyan society.

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