DUBAI – A very tight schedule and several important programmes have been lined up for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who will begin a working visit to Dubai beginning Teusday.
The prime minister’s visit is at the invitation of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and constitutional monarch of Dubai.
Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is also part of the prime minister’s delegation.
Najib, who is also patron of the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) will deliver a keynote address at the forum beginning Oct 28.
He is also expected to be granted an audience by Sheikh Mohammad and the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with head of delegations including Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, are also scheduled to attend a dinner with about 300 Malaysians residing in the UAE.
He is also scheduled to launch the Agrofood festival organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries.
The Malaysian Ambassador to UAE Datuk Ahmad Anwar Adnan told Malaysian journalists, covering Najib’s visit to Dubai, that the prime minister would also hold roundtable meetings with potential well-known UAE businessmen.
Ahmad Anuar also said this is Najib’s second visit to the UAE after his first visit to Abu Dhabi in May.
“This time the focus is on Dubai. Besides being the host for the WIEF, it is a city that shares the same aspiration as Malaysia that is to become the world Islamic economic centre. Its a long-term aspiration,” he added.
Ahmad Anwar said Malaysia can make Dubai its launching pad to broaden its economic activities as the city is strategically located and surrounded by many other development centres.
Dubai recently launched several initiatives which included the ‘innovative society’ and ‘vision to Mars’.
“It’s the right moment to come to Dubai when so many things are going on here,” he said, adding that several investors would meet the prime minister including the Al Nowais Group, Naboodah and Ascorp Holdings.
UAE is Malaysia’s largest trading partner among Gulf Cooperation Council states with US$8.8 billion recorded last year and the trend is increasing.
UAE approved investment ranked second after Saudi Arabia worth US$1.3 billion with 500 jobs opportunities created in Malaysia.
Some 6,000 Malaysians are living and working in the UAE, the highest in the country followed by Saudi Arabia and are mostly involved in professional sectors especially in aviation, oil and gas, as well as, Islamic banking. – Bernama