Saudi crown prince arrives in Abu Dhabi for state visit
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, was lit up in the Saudi flag colours to mark the visit
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, on Wednesday arrived Abu Dhabi to start a two-day state visit to the UAE.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, national security advisor, welcomed Prince Mohammed upon arrival at the Presidential Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, was lit up in the Saudi flag colours to mark the visit.
The Saudi crown prince’s visit reflects “agreement between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh… in addressing regional challenges”, the official UAE state news agency WAM reported.
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are close allies and key members of a military coalition backing the government in Yemen against the Iran-aligned Huthi rebels.
The streets of Abu Dhabi were lined with Emirati and Saudi flags, while road signs that usually display traffic warnings greeted Prince Mohammed.
The sound of fighter jets resonated across Abu Dhabi’s skies as the two leaders headed together to the opulent presidential palace, where Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler was greeted with the classic Saudi song “You are the King”.
Prince Mohammed’s visit also comes at a time when Saudi Arabia is seeking to attract investment in its oil giant Aramco’s initial public offering, which could be the world’s largest flotation.
According to Bloomberg, Abu Dhabi intends to invest as much as $1.5 billion (1.35 billion euros) in the listing.
* With AFP