Egypt’s president has arrived in the UAE

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has arrived in the UAE for a two-day state visit, as design opportunities attract interest from local firms.

El Sisi landed in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, 13 November, and was greeted by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Both leaders have taken part in bilateral talks to strengthen already-strong ties between the two nations, with the UAE pumping more foreign direct investment into the Egyptian economy than another other Arab nation.

Cultural ties are also close and strong, with Egyptian and Emirati experts regularly collaborating on art and design platforms.

Dubai-based interior design studios are among the businesses benefiting from the strong ties.

Mr El Sisi was last in the UAE in February 2018 and the two countries have maintained close ties over recent years, working together on issues including the fight against terrorism.

Sheikh Mohamed followed up a visit to Cairo in August 2018 with trips to Egypt in March and May this year.

The regular engagements are a sign of the strong relationship between the two leaders.

This year, agreements in areas such as housing, irrigation, trade and industry have been signed between the countries, with further deals likely to be agreed to during this week’s visit.

This year, Sheikh Mohamed said the UAE considered “consolidating the brotherly relations with Egypt” to be a priority.

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